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Mon, Nov 18, 2019

Pompeo’s Israeli settlements announcement could imperil Middle East peace chances

“The realignment of long-standing US government policy foreshadows the promised, if long delayed, release of President Trump’s vision for regional peace, intimating that the blueprint may countenance the extension of Israeli sovereignty to communities whose existence has, until now, been considered illegal per US interpretation of international law,” Shalom Lipner says.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Conflict Israel

Mon, Nov 18, 2019

Iran protests: A quest for reform turns into widespread discontent

Popular protests are flaring up in the Middle East. From Lebanon to Iraq and now Iran, they show the weakening of the social contract between the population and their government. In the Islamic Republic, the post-revolutionary social contract was born on a populist promises of justice, but decades of endemic political and economic inefficiencies wiped […]

IranSource by Giorgia Perletta

Iran Middle East

Mon, Nov 18, 2019

After the Syria withdrawal, it’s time the US rethinks the use of proxy forces

Proxy warfare is a 21st century military playbook utilized by great powers, like Russia, and the United States with some using it better than others.

SyriaSource by Mona Alami

Security & Defense Syria

Mon, Nov 18, 2019

Explainer: Iraq’s autumn of discontent

Waves of protests have hit Iraq this past October, calling for the resignation of the post-war government and sweeping changes. Last month alone, there have been reports of hundreds of protesters killed and thousands wounded by security forces in clashes across the country, from Tahrir Square in Baghdad to cities like Diwaniyah, Najaf, and Nasiriya […]

MENASource by Christiana Haynes

Corruption Iraq
Nord Stream pipe

Mon, Nov 18, 2019

Nord Stream 2 poses challenges but also means opportunity for the European Union

With the Nord Stream 2 (NS2) pipeline’s completion date on the horizon, it is becoming apparent that the European Union (EU) is struggling to agree on how the project should be handled. What are the challenges and opportunities the situation present?

EnergySource by Martin Jirušek

European Union Geopolitics & Energy Security

Fri, Nov 15, 2019

The Normandy Summit is finally on

A critical moment has arrived for the long-stalled negotiations over the future of eastern Ukraine. Frustrated with lack of progress, Ukraine’s representatives have pledged to give the moribund Normandy Four format one last chance. On the surface, there has finally been a breakthrough permitting the resumption of negotiations between the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany, […]

UkraineAlert by Bohdan Nahaylo

Civil Society Conflict

Fri, Nov 15, 2019

Australian government takes aim at foreign influence in universities

As China’s regional ambitions grow and its attempts to influence regional policies becomes more aggressive, universities are becoming a contested space. There are increasing concerns that Australian universities are becoming over-reliant on the funding associated with Chinese students studying there, and actively limiting activities on campus because they may upset both the Chinese students and authorities.

New Atlanticist by John T. Watts

Australia China

Fri, Nov 15, 2019

A crisis of commitment in the Middle East. But whose?

While US actions are causing confusion about Washington’s commitment, regional actions are also calling into question the region’s commitment to its relationship with the United States and to its own stability.

New Atlanticist by Kirsten Fontenrose

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Nov 14, 2019

NATO leaders set ambitious agenda for London summit

“I would love for there to be no drama,” Congressman Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) admitted, but he stressed that there is still a lot of productive work the Alliance can achieve in London. Edward Ferguson, minister counsellor for defense at the Embassy of the United Kingdom in the United States, said that the Alliance is setting an ambitious agenda for the summit “to show that NATO as a septuagenarian is as fit and virile as ever and to highlight the progress we have made in adapting NATO’s deterrence and defense since the 2014 Wales Summit.”

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

NATO
US Capitol building

Thu, Nov 14, 2019

Reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank is a national security imperative

The US House of Representatives is voting this week on a long-term reauthorization of the US Export-Import Bank. While a fully functional Ex-Im Bank is important for the competitiveness of many US exporters, it is essential for certain industries of strategic importance, including nuclear energy and space, and US security interests associated with these exports are also linked to the ability of Ex-Im Bank to support them.

EnergySource by Amb. Thomas Graham, Jr. and Admiral Richard W. Mies

Economy & Business Nuclear Energy