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Leon T. Hadar
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Leon T. Hadar is is is a global affairs analyst, journalist, blogger and author. A former research fellow in foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute and the former United Nations bureau chief for the Jerusalem Post, he is currently a senior analyst at Wikistrat, a geo-strategic consulting firm, and the Washington correspondent for the Singapore Business Times.

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

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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Deposing Gaddafi 'From Behind'?

(9) Comments | Posted August 22, 2011 | 5:44 PM

Neoconservative critics have blasted President Barack Obama for failing to assert U.S. leadership in the foreign policy arena, with his somewhat muddled response to the anti-Gaddafi insurgency in Libya serving as a case in point. Indeed, the neocons have being quoting ad nauseam from a New Yorker article by

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It's the Politics, Stupid!

(5) Comments | Posted August 12, 2011 | 4:52 PM

While the financial mess in the United States as well as in the eurozone has been analyzed to death by economic experts trying to deconstruct the decisions made by central bankers and finance ministers and the positive and negative response by the bond markets, it is important to understand that...

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Paying Pitts to Pay Pakistan to Pay Pitts -- and Raise the Deficit

(4) Comments | Posted July 21, 2011 | 5:14 PM

According to a report in The Washington Post, Representative Joe Pitts, a Republican from Pennsylvania, and other U.S, lawmakers received financial contributions from pro-Pakistan lobbyists who were being funded by the Pakistani military, including by its infamous Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). In return, Pitts and other...

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Netanyahu's Misguided Republican Strategy

(45) Comments | Posted July 5, 2011 | 6:35 PM

Bibi Netanyahu and his allies in Washington daydream about making the perfect match after next year's American presidential election. In this fantasy a Republican president will team-up with the Likudnik Prime Minister to revitalize U.S. hegemony in the Middle East with Israel acting as its dependable sheriff. Israel will then...

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Barack Gorbachev: Adjusting To The Global Reality

(10) Comments | Posted June 27, 2011 | 4:26 PM

The political leaders and the generals were continuing to debate on whether to start pulling out the troops from Afghanistan at a time when political power was being consolidated by a relatively young reformer interested in mending relations with the rest of the world and despite the growing recognition that...

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Obama on the Middle East: No Game Changer

(38) Comments | Posted May 19, 2011 | 4:52 PM

Wishful thinkers who had expected President Barack Obama to lay out a new U.S. grand strategy for the Middle East -- the so-called Obama Doctrine -- during his much-anticipated address at the State Department on Thursday were bound to be disappointed.

That post-1945 American presidents were able...

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