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Combating the Islamic State

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 4:16 PM

The extraordinary rise of the extremist jihadi Islamic State (IS) has left the world's governments scrambling to devise ways to counter the group. This has manifested itself most dramatically in Iraq, where a new, less divisive prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, has been appointed, and the U.S. has launched a series...

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Grasping Nettles

(3) Comments | Posted November 14, 2012 | 2:26 PM

With the election now over, President Barack Obama will be forced to turn his attention back to the prickly and unpredictable foreign policy challenge posed by the Middle East.

Mr Obama's election victory in November 2008 was viewed optimistically by some as a watershed moment for U.S. ties with...

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Annan Steps Off His Road to Nowhere

(2) Comments | Posted August 14, 2012 | 12:54 PM

The resignation of a visibly agitated Kofi Annan as the UN and Arab League's envoy to Syria on Aug. 2 was depressing as it was inevitable. Mediation between the two warring sides -- on one side, a regime that has been committing crimes against its own people for...

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