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Sigurd Neubauer works for a northern Virginia based defense and aerospace consulting firm. Sigurd is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. Follow Sigurd on Twitter @SigiMideast.

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Why Unqualified Norway Ambassador Nominee Must Step Aside

(1) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 8:47 AM

George Tsunis, a Democratic campaign bundler, was handsomely rewarded for having raised $843,000 for President Obama's 2012 reelection campaign by being nominated ambassador to Norway. Unfortunately, for Tsunis, he did not fare well during a widely publicized Senate confirmation hearing in which he failed to answer Senator John McCain (R-AZ)'s...

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Diplomacy With Iran: Not a Zero-Sum Game for Israel

(2) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 9:02 AM

Co-authored with Alex Vatanka, scholar at the Middle East Institute, in Washington, DC.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu famously lambasted the November interim nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 as a "historic mistake." Netanyahu has since muted his anti-Iran rhetoric as the negotiating parties work hard to hammer out...

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Rouhani's Victory: Time for Israel and Iran to Cool It

(105) Comments | Posted August 16, 2013 | 4:11 PM

In the days leading up to Hassan Rouhani's presidential inauguration, a number of unfortunate squabbles between the newly elected Iranian leader and the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, threatened to once again escalate regional tensions. Netanyahu, known for his mistrust of Iran's regional aspirations, to put it mildly, responded swiftly...

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Somalia: A Terrorist-Piracy Nexus?

(2) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 3:13 PM

Co-authored with Joseph Szyliowicz, a professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver.

Piracy, like terrorism has been a scourge of mankind for centuries and, though its practitioners, real (Blackbeard, Anne Bonny and Henry Morgan) and mythical (Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribean...

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Muscat Opera House Marks First Anniversary, Aims to Bridge Omani and Western Civilizations

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2012 | 2:43 PM

Enacted by a royal decree, by Oman's ruler, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said inaugurated the Royal Opera House in October last year, thereby establishing one of the Arab world's most remarkable cultural institutions in the capital of Muscat. While the Opera House occupies an extensive site of...

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How the Arab Spring Skirted Oman

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2011 | 1:04 PM

The Sultanate of Oman, strategically situated across Iran, north of Yemen and to the east of Saudi Arabia, has remarkably been able to skirt large scale political disruptions witnessed across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), despite being governed by an absolute monarch. Since ousting his father in 1970,...

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Libyan Rebel Leader Mahmoud Jabril Outlines His Vision for Libya, Warns Syria Against Not Listening to Its People

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2011 | 10:11 AM

Nearly nine months after NATO troops intervened to protect civilians from the regime of Muammar Al Gaddafi, the National Transitional Council (NTC) has begun to move the country towards democracy. Since the conflict officially ended last month, after the deposed strongman of 42-years was pronounced dead on October 20th, NATO...

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How the Mossad Is Reining in Netanyahu on Iran

(113) Comments | Posted November 14, 2011 | 11:17 AM

Last week, former Mossad directors Meir Dagan and Efraim Halevy sharply warned Israeli Prime Minister (PM) Benjamin Netanyahu and his defense minister against attacking Iran. According to the influential Israeli newspaper Haaretz , the Netanyahu government tasked the Shin Bet, Israel's domestic intelligence organization, to probe a series...

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Despite Fallout With Turkey, Israel Forms Strategic Alliance With Greece and Cyprus

(153) Comments | Posted September 30, 2011 | 3:13 PM

Shortly after Turkey's support for the 2010 Gaza-bound "Freedom Flotilla," Israel began forming alternative alliances with several countries in the Balkans. In particular, ties with Bulgaria and Greece have blossomed over mutual concern over an increasingly assertive Turkey, while Israel has also significantly increased bilateral defense and intelligence cooperation with...

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Why I Am So Proud of Being Norwegian

(19) Comments | Posted July 27, 2011 | 8:52 PM

As we Norwegians mourn the deaths of the horrendous crimes committed by Anders Behring Breivik, Norway's spirit has not been broken. In fact, it is as strong as ever. Below, is a small story, from a country with a big heart. I wanted to share this story with my American...

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Did Netanyahu Attempt to Score Partisan Points Against Obama in Washington?

(19) Comments | Posted May 27, 2011 | 3:13 PM

Shortly after Benjamin Netanyahu was sworn in at the Knesset as the Prime Minister of Israel, the veteran politician outlined his vision for how a two-state solution could be achieved. In a June 2009 policy address at Bar-Ilan University, Netanyahu said: "In my vision of peace, there are two free...

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Can Water Cooperation Be a Model for Middle East Peacemaking?

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2011 | 1:19 PM

Over a fine glass of wine, overlooking the Arabian Sea from the Omani capital of Muscat, Ronald Mollinger revealed a remarkable and compelling story: According to the seconded Dutch career diplomat, the parties of the Middle East peace process quietly make significant strides towards solving their scarce water resources, despite...

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While Coming to Terms With its Own History, Is the German Military Increasing its Global Presence?

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2010 | 12:05 PM

On the sidelines of the Manama Dialogue hosted by Bahraini King Hamad ibn Isa al Khalifa and the International Institute for Strategic Studies, German Deputy Defense Minister Christian Schmidt articulated a changing trend within his country's defense establishment as Berlin is embracing its own national interests for the first time...

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Bahraini FM : "Arab-Israel Dialogue Could Lead to Normalization"

(1) Comments | Posted December 6, 2010 | 12:31 AM

As regional leaders, international dignitaries and senior military officials convened at the seventh annual Manama Dialogue hosted by Bahraini King Hamad ibn Isa al Khalifa and the International Institute for Strategic Studies, participants engaged in a series of marathon talks addressing a plethora of issues ranging from maritime security, instability...

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Why Israel Should Consider Joining NATO

(68) Comments | Posted November 23, 2010 | 9:25 AM

As world leaders gathered at the 2010 NATO summit in Lisbon, much of the attention was naturally given to whether the overall Afghan war strategy was working. In particular, while the head of U.S. Central Command General David Petraeus argued that the Atlantic Alliance had "broken the Taliban's momentum" following...

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Tea Partiers, Watch Out: Obama's Iran Policies Echo Bush's

(18) Comments | Posted November 9, 2010 | 11:55 AM

As Republicans are scheduled to resume control of the U.S. House of Representatives
this coming January, many Washington observers have begun speculating whether the new Congress will actively oppose the White House on a host on foreign affairs issues. In particular, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's ever increasing defiance of...

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How President Obama Grew to Become Israel's Best Friend

(35) Comments | Posted October 28, 2010 | 11:22 AM

Nearly seven months after President Barack Obama scolded Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over his government's decision to construct 1600 new housing units in the east-Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo, the image of the Israeli leader's public humiliation has caused many Israelis and American Jews to question whether the U.S....

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