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Joe Macaron
Joe Macaron is an independent writer and political analyst specialized in U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, Arab countries in transition and counter-terrorism issues. He worked as a Washington based correspondent between 2007 and 2013. Prior to moving to Washington, Joe worked in New York as a consultant for non-governmental organizations and as a research analyst for West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center.

Entries by Joe Macaron

Hariri Back To Washington: A Changed Leader in Challenging Times

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2010 | 1:11 PM


There is a new rule, probably the only visible Lebanon policy under President Barack Obama's administration: every US official visiting Damascus must pass by Beirut. The Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri also had to make a stopover in Damascus to absorb any potential domestic...

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Avatar-like Syrians and Israelis Set Groundbreaking Rules for Web Diplomacy

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2010 | 11:07 AM

Computer-generated actors, Syrians and Israelis, are coming together in unlikely times of warmongering. They are reopening a dim flashlight of discussions, yet this time on the virtual world of endless possibilities where the invisible hand of censorship cannot reach. They do not need a passport to move around in disguise...

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Syrian Scuds and US Treaties: The Relentless Battle for Lebanon

(6) Comments | Posted April 26, 2010 | 4:23 PM


It is hard to dissect fiction and imaginary from reality and facts when dwelling on this ongoing US-Syrian diplomatic contraction. There is a daily chore of leaks, rumors, blame games, and preventive warnings by a divided Washington and an undecided Damascus.


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Assad Lost in Translation: It is the Iranian, Stupid!

(4) Comments | Posted March 2, 2010 | 4:45 PM

After a year of going back and forth in building up anticipation, Syrian President Bashar Assad almost borrowed Sarah Palin's analogy of "thanks, but no thanks to that bridge to nowhere" in reaction to President Barack Obama administration's tapping of a new ambassador. For Damascus it was too little too...

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