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It's Time for Turkish Leadership on Syria

50 Comments | Posted December 31, 2011 | 17:46:09 (EST)

As the new year begins and Syria lurches toward civil war, there is no logical scenario where Bashar al-Assad can legitimately hold onto power without killing many thousands more of his people than he already has. United Nations estimates of more than 5,000 dead since the uprising began in early...

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Why John Kerry Was Right to Talk to the Muslim Brotherhood

13 Comments | Posted December 12, 2011 | 14:09:06 (EST)

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Senator John Kerry made a quiet trip to Egypt over the weekend, where he met with leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood -- the first senior US official to do so. The meeting will undoubtedly set off the country's secularists and liberals, but the bottom line...

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Looking for One Syrian General

Posted September 8, 2011 | 11:05:39 (EST)

Every passing day brings news of pro-democracy demonstrators murdered by the autocratic regime of Syria's Bashar al-Assad. The killings are an almost daily occurrence in Hama, Homs, the Damascus suburbs, and other parts of the country that in the past have been spared violence.

The West's reaction so far...

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Let's Not Make the Same Iraq Mistakes in Libya

Posted August 22, 2011 | 18:17:46 (EST)

Muammar Gaddafi's 42-year dictatorship is hanging by a thread, most of his family is either under arrest or in exile, and rebels are celebrating their impending victory in virtually every village, town and Tripoli neighborhood. It's like Iraq in March 2003. But things in Iraq changed quickly.

We know...

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Yemen Is the Next Big Battleground

Posted May 16, 2011 | 12:57:24 (EST)

Osama bin Laden is dead and Americans are rightfully taking a victory lap. But the greatest threat to the nation's safety and security over the past five years has not been from bin Laden's al-Qaeda, dug into Afghanistan and Pakistan. It's been from a Yemen-based offshoot called al-Qaeda in...

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