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Claude Salhani
Claude Salhani is a journalist and political analyst focusing on Middle East Issues and terrorism. He is the author of several books, including Islam Without a Veil.

Entries by Claude Salhani

The Middle East Conflict: 1,001 Alliances

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 7:41 AM

Trying to explain the Middle East to someone who is not familiar with the intricacies of its alliance policies can seem so unreal that often the fables of the One Thousand and One Nights may seem more probable.

The Middle East is in constant turmoil, perpetual anger, increasing hate and...

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Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict Through War or Peace

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 6:59 PM

Armenia and Azerbaijan, who are in a state of war despite a ceasefire, have three options on how to approach the stalemated conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, a dispute that lasted more than two decades.

Each option comes with a sour pill, as there is no magic solution. But such is...

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The Times, They Are a-Changin' -- in Arabia

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 4:43 PM

For the longest time Saudi Arabia was the pillar of stability in a very unstable region. The desert kingdom did not believe in airing one's dirty laundry, nor its foreign policy outlines in public. Reassured by a sturdy alliance with the United States, the Saudis preferred to conduct their diplomacy...

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What the Year 2014 Holds for the Middle East and the Caucasus

(1) Comments | Posted December 30, 2013 | 6:25 PM

It is that time of year again when analysts are asked to put on their thinking cap and try to predict what the coming 12 months may hold for some the more troubled regions of the world. This is by no means a simple exercise as it is scientifically impossible...

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Morocco, the King and Reforms

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 10:51 AM

Its been 38 years since King Hassan II of Morocco ordered the Green March, when 350,000 Moroccans escorted by some 20,000 Moroccan troops marched into the territory that was then the Spanish Sahara. When the former colonial power vacated the territory, it left behind a whole lot of trouble, a...

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Winds of Change Reshaping Middle East Landscape

(2) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 3:18 PM

Amidst the great uncertainty that prevails in the Middle East today there is at least one thing that is certain: we are living through a great shift in the region's politics and alliances, the repercussions of which are yet to be fully felt. Indeed, future generations will look back at...

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How to Reply to the Nairobi Attack

(20) Comments | Posted September 23, 2013 | 1:16 PM

In the days ahead much debate will take place in the political world over how to respond to the atrocious attack on the Nairobi shopping mall that left about 70 people dead and the civilized world in shock at the carnage that took place again innocent civilians.


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Who Are the Good Guys in Syria?

(1) Comments | Posted September 5, 2013 | 5:04 PM

There's a new video making the rounds of the Internet. Yes, yet another gruesome and chilling video showing the brutality of the Syrian rebels.

The video was smuggled out of Syria into Turkey by a defecting rebel who was disgusted by the proceedings. The recording made on a cell phone...

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Why Bashar Has the Upper Hand?

(18) Comments | Posted August 29, 2013 | 3:40 PM

With the United States leading the charge and putting together a coalition of European, Levantine and Arab countries ready to bomb Syrian government positions, one would assume that Syrian President Bashar Assad would be worried.

Well he doesn't seem to be too worried. Why? Why should he? It is...

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Le Hezbollah sur le mauvais chemin de Damas

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 12:04 AM

L'explosion de la voiture piégée qui a tué plus de 20 personnes dans un bastion du Hezbollah dans la banlieue sud de Beyrouth jeudi dernier a brisé un grand nombre de bâtiments dans ce quartier populaire et surpeuplé de la capitale libanaise. Mais outre le bilan humain et la destruction...

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Le Maroc comme modèle politique pour les Etats arabes du Golfe?

(3) Comments | Posted August 5, 2013 | 4:16 PM

"Le modèle politique marocain pourrait servir d'exemple pour les états arabes du Golfe" indique un article écrit par le commentateur Sultan Al-Qassemi, qui examine la situation politique actuelle des émirats du Golfe.

M. Al-Qassemi pose la question suivante: Pourquoi ne pas suivre l'exemple marocain?

"Dans l'autre coin du monde arabe...

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Is Martin Indyk the Right Man for the Job?

(17) Comments | Posted August 1, 2013 | 1:16 PM

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has finally managed to extract an agreement from the Israelis and Palestinians to agree to hold talks on how to reach the so-called "final status" that would allow the conflict that has fueled all other regional conflicts to finally be settled. This is a...

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Syria's 'Evil Man'

(1) Comments | Posted July 22, 2013 | 7:18 PM

British Prime Minister David Cameron did not beat around the bush. He went straight for the jugular and called Syria's president Bashar Assad "an evil man."

Speaking on the BBC over the weekend, the British prime minister said of the Syrian president, that he had done some awful things...

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Bad News for the Islamists

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2013 | 4:57 PM

It has not been a good year for Islamist extremists so far. When you look at their track record since January 2013, they have suffered one setback after another. Given these series of events it appears as though a new trend may be settling in and thus raising the following...

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Jihadists at the Gates of Jerusalem? Practically

(3) Comments | Posted July 2, 2013 | 7:37 PM

In the study of conflict resolution there is an exercise called the "helicopter perspective" where you "hover" over a problem with some distance in order to obtain a better perspective. It is a useful tool though I found that it was also very useful to hover over time instead of...

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Turkey Proves Itself Worthy of Europe

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 2:29 PM

Two very important events unfolded in Turkey last week that are worth taking notice of. The first could very well herald the beginning of the end of the current prime minister's political career. The second could, if Mr. Receb Tayyip Erdogan is astute enough, re-launch his career and help him...

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One Small Step Closer to Middle East Peace?

(1) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 12:57 PM

Before any serious move towards a peaceful understanding between Arabs and Israelis can become a possibility, a certain number of parameters have to be met. Those include the realization that both sides have equal fears of each other and that these fears need to be addressed accordingly. In other words...

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Syria's Civil War Spreads to Turkey

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2013 | 7:26 PM

After two massive car bombs exploded in a Turkish border town last week killing at least 43 people, Turkey warned it will take the necessary measures to protect itself. This is a not so veiled warning to the Syrian regime of President Bashar Assad, a one-time close friend of the...

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Why the Syrian conflict should concern all

(1) Comments | Posted May 9, 2013 | 1:11 PM

There are currently an estimated 700 foreign fighters, European and Russian Muslims, engaged in fighting on the side of the opposition in Syria, according to a study carried out by the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation. The total number estimated to have fought on the side of the...

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Not All Terrorism Victims Are Created Equal

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 3:41 PM

There has been much discussion in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing in the media, in private chat rooms and among recipients of email lists as to why the media gave such prominence to the bombing that killed "only" three people while attacks in other parts of the world...

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