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Leon T. Hadar
Leon T. Hadar is is is a global affairs analyst, journalist, blogger, author and lecturer. He is a former research fellow in foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute and the former United Nations bureau chief for the Jerusalem Post and Washington correspondent for the Business Times of Singapore.

His analyses on global affairs have appeared in many newspapers, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, and Philadelphia Inquirer, as well as in magazines such as Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, World Policy Journal, Current History, Middle East Journal, and Mediterranean Quarterly. The broadcast outlets CNN, Fox News, CBC, BBC and VOA have interviewed him.

In addition, Hadar has taught at American University and Mount Vernon College-where he served as director of international studies-at the Institute on East-West Security Studies in New York, and at the Center for International Development and Conflict Management at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Hadar is a graduate of Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He earned his MA degrees from the schools of journalism and international affairs and the Middle East Institute at Columbia University, and his Ph.D. in international relations is from American University.

He is the author of Quagmire: America in the Middle East (1992), and Sandstorm: Policy Failure in the Middle East (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005).

Entries by Leon T. Hadar

Trumpism: When Nationalism Meets Globalism

(1) Comments | Posted March 15, 2016 | 12:08 AM

In "The Lexus and the Olive Tree," published at the height of the globalization era in 2000, New York Times columnist Tom Friedman contrasted two visions competing for influence. One embraced the principles of free markets, free trade and free immigration (the Lexus), which would create a more prosperous world...

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Post Iran Deal: Time for the Israelis and the Saudis to Get Their Act Together

(105) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 4:42 PM

Much of the debate over the nuclear deal with Iran focused on the technical issues relating to Iranian compliance and to international inspections, or on the prospects for changes in Iranian policy that could result from repealing the international economic sanctions.

There has also been some speculation about what would...

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An Assertive Iran? Blame Buscheney, Not Obama

(8) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 1:58 PM

Looking for the classical definition of chutzpah? Well, have you heard the story of the boy who killed his parents and then threw himself on the mercy of the court on the grounds that he was an orphan? That's chutzpah.

But that's an old story and whoever told it never...

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Jeb Bush, the GOP and the Iraq War: 'Knowing What We Know Now'

(47) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 5:58 PM

Supporters of presumptive Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush admit that he "stumbled" over questions about the Iraq War.

When asked if "knowing what we know now" -- that U.S. intelligence was faulty and Saddam Hussein didn't have weapons of mass destruction (WMD) -- he would have invaded Iran, the...

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Wishful-Thinking Foreign Policy

(11) Comments | Posted April 29, 2015 | 4:35 PM

While Realpolitik arguments, in particular the argument for the need to co-opt Iran into a stable balance-of-power system in the Middle East, have been central to President Barack Obama's diplomatic opening to Tehran, he has also integrated an element of idealism into his approach, proposing that American "engagement" with Iran...

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The Israel-Egypt-Saudi Arabia Axis: Come the Counter-Revolution

(8) Comments | Posted August 16, 2014 | 6:07 PM

American policymakers have had a dream about the creation of a New Middle East. According to a foreign policy consensus that emerged following the September 11 attacks in 2001 -- that brought together Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives -- radical Islamism and terrorism were rooted, as former Secretary of...

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American Peace Processing: Forget About It

(4) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 12:42 PM

If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, then the men with the white coats may have to take away to the funny farm some of those "peace processors" who keep going and going despite their failed attempts to settle...

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Is John Kerry Too 'European' for American Diplomacy?

(5) Comments | Posted November 10, 2013 | 2:57 PM

When he was running as the Democratic presidential challenger against the incumbent Republican president George W. Bush in 2004, aides to then Massachusetts Senator John Kerry were concerned that their candidate who attended a Swiss boarding school as a child, learned to speak fluent French, and who spent summers at...

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Echoes of China Opening in Iran Detente: It's the Interests, Stupid!

(2) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 10:02 AM

For years the expectations among many American foreign policy pundits has been that tensions over Israeli policy towards the Palestinians, including the continuing buildup of Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, would ignite an explosive crisis in the relationship between the two governments that could force Washington to distance...

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Who Really 'Lost' the Middle East?

(13) Comments | Posted September 27, 2012 | 1:03 PM

Remember the one about the kid who killed his parents and then pleaded to the judge for leniency because he was an orphan? Now that's the ultimate chutzpah, you say. But then, you probably have not been following the tale of those foreign policy experts who despite being proven wrong...

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Asian-American Voters as a Republican Parable

(18) Comments | Posted June 12, 2012 | 12:27 PM

They tend to gravitate to private sector and many of them have created and managed small businesses. Some belong to the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans, and most are doing quite well in terms of income and job security. They also are very family-oriented and subscribe to more traditional values.

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The Reality of American Power: Why Robert Kagan Is Wrong

(11) Comments | Posted February 22, 2012 | 11:40 AM

As a life-long hypochondriac, I was laughing out loud when reading the tragic-comic inscription on the tombstone located in the cemetery in Key West, Florida: 'I Told You I Was Sick!'

I could imagine the poor guy confronting family and friends and insisting to no avail that what he had...

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What Happens After an Iran-Israel War?

(537) Comments | Posted February 9, 2012 | 3:05 PM

Notwithstanding the never-ending stream of all those based-on-reliable-intelligence-sources analyses, it is doubtful whether these same analysts would be willing to bet whatever is left of their 401K retirement accounts on their predictions that Israel will -- or will not -- attack Iranian nuclear sites this year.

And while research institutions...

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Impressive Show for Anti-War Republicans: Is Neoconservatism Now Outside Republican Mainstream?

(10) Comments | Posted January 11, 2012 | 5:03 PM

Imagine if Ohio Representative and anti-war activist Dennis Kucinich had come in second place and won 23 percent of the vote in the New Hampshire Democratic primary in 2008 -- after taking a close third place in the Iowa caucuses. The New York Times' headlines would be proclaiming "A Huge...

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Another War That Nobody Wants

(62) Comments | Posted January 9, 2012 | 6:00 PM

Reports that members of the European Union (EU) were planning to impose an embargo on Iranian oil as part of a U.S.-led strategy to force Teheran to end its alleged nuclear military programme should not have come as a major surprise. Iran has been developing surface-to-surface missiles with a maximum...

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2012: The Year of Counter-Revolution?

(16) Comments | Posted December 30, 2011 | 11:36 AM

The outgoing 2011 is the Year of the Protester, according to Time magazine. The insurgency targeting the ruling political elites, first in Tunisia, and then in Egypt, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Bahrain, has not been confined to the Middle East. Protests have taken place in Spain, Greece, Italy, France, Britain...

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Obama's Gradualist Strategy on Iran May Not Prevent War

(186) Comments | Posted November 16, 2011 | 8:20 AM

There are mounting concerns over a possible pre-emptive Israeli military strike against Iran's nuclear facilities, and growing speculation that the Israelis could take such an action without receiving a green light from the Obama Administration.

Well, if you believe that, I've got a nuclear reactor in Dimona to...

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When Condi Did Peace Processing

(17) Comments | Posted October 28, 2011 | 6:13 PM

Is it possible that many American journalists and pundits are suffering from short-term memory loss? That may be the only explanation for the I-Can't-Believe-It-Happened reactions in the media to the "revelations" contained in former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice's memoir about former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's "secret" offer in...

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Turkish Foreign Policy: What Would Ataturk Do?

(78) Comments | Posted September 16, 2011 | 9:02 PM

Even before the crisis in the relationship between Israel and Turkey over the raid on the Gaza "Peace Flotilla" had erupted last December, right-wing Israelis and American neoconservatives were promoting a new Grand Narrative: Turkey was joining forces with Iran and Syria in an anti-American and anti-Israeli Islamofascist Axis...

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The War on Terror Is Over and China Won

(1) Comments | Posted September 8, 2011 | 3:49 PM

Imagine 40 years from now how a global affairs columnist for the Fox-Xinhua (or New Shanghai Times) content-providing service will analyze the world's geo-strategic and geo-economic balance of power. This might be the way he or she recalls the visit that China's former president Hu Jintao made in April 2006...

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