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Archive for July, 2008

Goodbye to Ehud

From Alan Dowty As predicted, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert could not survive the steady drumbeat of scandal that has marked his recent career. It was the Lebanese debacle of 2006 that put his prime ministership into a permanent tailspin, but he survived the final report of the Winograd Commission and might well have remained aloft [...]

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From Tamara Cofman Wittes Much of today’s backlash against democracy promotion in the Middle East can be traced to the Hamas victory in the Palestinian parliamentary elections of 2006, and its effect of reinforcing the “Algerian nightmare” complex among nervous Washington policy makers about the prospect for political takeovers of Arab countries by illiberal and [...]

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‘Iraq and the Evolution of American Strategy’

MESH invites selected authors to offer original first-person statements on their new books—why and how they wrote them, and what impact they hope and expect to achieve. Steven Metz is chairman of the Regional Strategy and Planning Department and research professor of national security affairs at the U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute. His [...]

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From Jacqueline Newmyer and Stephen Peter Rosen Seymour Hersh has recently alleged that the United States government is engaged in clandestine activities to destabilize Iran through appeals to ethnic and religious minorities. We hope that he is mistaken, not because we oppose regime change in Iran but because the history of Iran teaches that governments [...]

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From Robert O. Freedman The recent exchange of five Arab terrorists for the bodies of two Israeli soldiers abducted by Hezbollah at the start of the 2006 war was a major defeat for Israel, one that must not be repeated. While one can understand the anguish felt by the families of the captured Israeli soldiers, [...]

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From Adam Garfinkle The new Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, James K. Glassman, delivered his maiden speech at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York on July 2. (It may be viewed at the end of this post; a transcript is here.) As one might expect, it was mainly about [...]

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With August fast approaching, MESH has asked its members to recommend a book for summer reading. (For more information on a book, or to place an order with Amazon through the MESH bookstore, click on the book title or cover.)

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