In this piece for Foreign Policy, Salman Shaikh, Director of the Brookings Doha Center and a fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, writes that the Arab Spring has only further complicated the hopes for Palestinian and Israeli peace because it has renewed the Palestinians hope for greater freedoms.
Robert Danin argues that President Obama, in his speech on the Middle East, provided an American response to the Middle East uprisings that was bold and ambitious, but his plans for an Israeli-Palestinian settlement lacked a clear way forward.
The Daily Beast's Peter Beinart writes that if the United States and Israel cannot agree on the borders of a Palestinian state similar to those drawn in 1967, other regional actors may seize the opportunity to re-shape the Middle East.
The New York Times' Thomas Friedman argues that both Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel and U.S. President Barack Obama are failing to "manage the unavoidable". Friedman criticizes Obama's energy policy and urges Netanyahu to devise a plan to cede the West Bank to the Palestinians.
In this Washington Post op-ed, David Makovsky, distinguished fellow at and Director of the Washington Institute's Project for Middle East Peace Process, argues that when Netanyahu addresses the U.S. Congress next week, he had better come prepared with a plan to renew peace negotiations with Palestinians.
With envoy George Mitchell's departure, U.S. policy toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict changes, from the quest for an end of the conflict to the search for a strategy to manage the current crisis, says CFR's Robert Danin.
With Israel facing a regional democratization movement, a unity pact between Hamas and Fatah, and a possible UN vote on Palestinian statehood in the fall, Prime Minister Netanyahu should offer a swap of territory in return for Palestinian acceptance of a Jewish state, says Israel expert David Makovsky.
Fuad Siniora, former prime minister of Lebanon, discusses the implications of Osama bin Laden's death for the Middle East, the Hamas-Fatah agreement, and the U.S. role in supporting the Arab Spring with Mohamad Bazzi, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Robert Danin, Senior Fellow for Middle East and Africa Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, says the deal between the secularist Fatah and radical Islamist Hamas factions will effectively put Obama administration efforts to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks on hold.
Israelis and Palestinians are watching nervously to see how the tumult in the region shakes out, but with both sides using more advanced weapons technology and the peace process in the doldrums, the U.S. needs to reengage, says CFR's Robert Danin.
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The authors argue that the United States has responded inadequately to the rise of Chinese power and recommend placing less strategic emphasis on the goal of integrating China into the international system and more on balancing China's rise.
Campbell evaluates the implications of the Boko Haram insurgency and recommends that the United States support Nigerian efforts to address the drivers of Boko Haram, such as poverty and corruption, and to foster stronger ties with Nigerian civil society.
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