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Archive for October, 2008

Listening in, in Dubai

From J. Scott Carpenter In a Policy Watch of The Washington Institute that ran today, I reflect on yet another Bush Administration initiative that has been left to crawl forward weakly without sustained U.S. leadership: the G-8′s Broader Middle East and North Africa (BMENA) Initiative. Like a man dying of thirst in a hot desert, […]

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From Philip Carl Salzman In Israel, there is a political lobby group called “Peace Now,” as if peace were a circumstance that could be brought into being by the political will of one party. The same sentiment was expressed, somewhat less arrogantly, by Israel’s Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, when he famously (or infamously) said that […]

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From Tamara Cofman Wittes There are two opposing coalitions in the Middle East today. On the one hand, there is a revisionist coalition comprised of Iran, Syria, Hamas and Hezbollah—a coalition dissatisfied with the distribution of power in the region, and dissatisfied with the current agenda-setters and frameworks for state action. These revisionists include states […]

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Democracy promotion: three fallacies

From Michele Dunne Can the United States still promote democracy in the Arab countries? There are three misguided assumptions and assertions circulating in discussions on this question: The United States has contaminated the idea of democracy in the Middle East and now Arabs do not want democracy because it is connected with U.S. policy. It […]

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And the winners are…

From Michael Mandelbaum The Washington Institute for Near East Policy has launched a book prize for the three best books on the Middle East published in the previous year. I had the honor and pleasure of serving as one of the three jurors for the inaugural awards, along with Jim Hoagland and Bernard Lewis. The […]

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Financial crisis: OPEC to blame?

From Gal Luft There is so much blame to go around in the wake of the financial crisis that there is no wonder OPEC’s name shows up high in the list of culprits. After all, soaring oil prices and loss of wealth in 2008 to the tune of $1.2-$1.9 billion each and every working day, […]

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From MESH Admin The latest contribution to Middle East Papers is by Adam Garfinkle, editor of the journal The American Interest. Garfinkle (a particularly prolific contributor to MESH) argues that the conventional understanding of U.S. interests no longer accords with post-Cold War realities. The protection of oil, support for Israel, and preservation of U.S. hegemony […]

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