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Richard Eisendorf
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Richard Eisendorf is a freelance writer and consultant specializing in media, democracy and peacebuilding, with expertise in the Middle East and North Africa. He works on Arab-Israeli diplomacy and political reform throughout the region.

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Mr. Assad, Tear Down This Wall!

Posted February 7, 2011 | 18:33:30 (EST)

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that he has nothing to worry about, that he is more in tune with his people.

"Syria is stable. Why?" Mr. Assad said. "Because you have to be very closely linked to...

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The Arab Pinochet Has Left the Scene

Posted February 1, 2011 | 15:54:03 (EST)

Is Tunisia's Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali the Pinochet of the Arab world?

They both orchestrated economic revivals that ranked their states among the top economies in their regions.

Both suppressed any viable opposition in their ranks and in staged elections -- Ben...

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Who Will Be the Next Sadat?

Posted September 28, 2010 | 16:20:59 (EST)

Today, the Middle East requires a sea change. Incremental steps don't work.

The next move has to come from the Arab world. And it must be bold. A different approach is needed to break through the reticence to let go of old, ineffective positions in order to see beyond...

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Peeling Back the Layers of Gaza: Expanding the Discussion

Posted June 9, 2010 | 16:04:38 (EST)

In response to the interesting commentary that followed my article, Peeling Back the Layers of Gaza, I would like to provide the following:

On occupations. The same standards must be upheld in all areas that are occupied. Western Sahara is another example of an occupied territory and...

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Peeling Back the Layers of Gaza

Posted June 4, 2010 | 13:37:28 (EST)

The Israeli raid on the Gaza aid flotilla is a wake-up call for the international community. The incident, however, is not about whether delivering humanitarian aid to Gaza is justified or whether Israel has the right to prevent ships from landing in Gaza's ports, or about the legality of imposing...

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