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Tour d’Horizon on Syria, Iran, Ukraine and Russia

May 2014

By Ambassador (Ret) Thomas Pickering Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05E2_Vkt5KI&list=UUPssYbwV8FFSw_ZbhBV5X3Q Review by Michael W. Cotter The Richard N. Krasno Distinguished Professorship in History & International Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, now held by Professor Klaus Larres, hosts a … Continued

The Battle for Control of the Middle East

April 2014

by Curt Jones  As a geopolitical region, the Middle East generates a never-ending power struggle for overall hegemony. That objective has never been achieved by a single contender. The Caliphate came closest. From the death of Muhammad in 632, the … Continued

“So Mr. President, You Want a New Syria Policy”

March 2014

By Marc Ginsberg, former U.S. Foreign Service Officer and Ambassador to Morocco http://www.huffingtonpost.com/amb-marc-ginsberg/so-mr-president-you-want_b_4811380.html Reviewed by Norvell DeAtkine This article is particularly timely, not so much because it is about the still festering Syrian tragedy, but because in the light of … Continued

Mid-East Peace

February 2014

by Sol Schindler Because of Secretary Kerry’s perseverance and industry we shall soon see three international conferences underway, all attempting to pacify different corners of the Middle East. Those of us who have run laps around those corners these last … Continued

The Geopolitics of the Sunni-Shi‘a Divide in the Middle East

January 2014

By Samuel Helfont, Associate Scholar in FPRI’s Program on the Middle East Text: https://www.fpri.org/articles/2013/12/geopolitics-sunni-shii-divide-middle-east SYMPOSIUM Review by Michael W. Cotter This lecture from an FPRI conference for teachers is well worth reading for two reasons. First, it provides an excellent, … Continued

The Contemporary Middle East

June 2013

Review by Curt Jones
The Contemporary Middle East, Third Edition, Edited by Karl Yambert with a contribution by Shibley Telhami, Westview Press: Boulder, Colorado, 2012, ISBN-13: 978-0813348391, pp. 448