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Iranian Nukes Closer?

Iran may now have enough nuclear fuel “to make a rapid, if risky, sprint for a nuclear weapon,” the New York Times reported this week. However, design work on an actual nuclear weapon may have been halted in 2003, and “it is ...

“On Iran, Do Nothing”

Fareed Zakaria advocates doing nothing with Iran in this week’s Newsweek (“On Iran, Do Nothing. Yet,” August 3, 2009, p. 26). In the short term, the US should not confer legitimacy on the post-election regime, and in any case has ...

The Kurdish Faultline Nearly Breaks

This week the threat of war in Iraq between Arabs and Kurds was made explicit, with the Washington Post reporting that Kurdish officials are saying that “Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region and the Iraqi government are closer to war than at ...

Israel: Becoming Middle Eastern?

The International Crisis Group (ICG) issued a report today on Israel’s religious right and the settlements, arguing that this sector of Israeli society must be dealt with if a peace process is to advance. The driving trend is that ...

Turkey as a Great Power

In The Next 100 Years, George Friedman predicts the rise of Turkey to great power status. “It will likely soon reemerge in its old role, as the dominant force in the” Middle East, he writes (p. 81). Yigal Schleifer of the Christian ...