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June 19, 2012

Middle East and North Africa
Damaged buildings are seen in Homs on June 2, 2012 (Courtesy Reuters). A View From Homs

As the international community debates what, if anything, to do about Syria, the daily bloodshed and carnage there continues. For those just trying to survive, life has become quite brutal. One recen…

January 13, 2014

Middle East and North Africa
Ariel Sharon, R.I.P.

Former prime minister of Israel Ariel Sharon was buried today. In Commentary Magazine, I offered my thoughts about the passing of a man I worked with closely during his years as prime minister, and …

October 15, 2017

Iran
Mrs. Clinton and the Trump Nuclear Decision

Hillary Clinton is now complaining that President Trump has broken America’s word with his policy on the Iran nuclear agreement, the JCPOA. For reasons I will explain below, this is a subject on whic…

April 24, 2017

Military Operations
bomb How the Pentagon Announces Killing Terrorists Versus Civilians 

This blog post was coauthored with my research associate, Jennifer Wilson.  Last week, the U.S. military announced an accomplishment that has come to define progress in the war on terrorism—the de…

April 28, 2017

Syrian Civil War
Rebel fighters train in western Deraa governorate. Who’s Who in Syria’s Civil War

Syria’s civil war is being fought on multiple fronts by an array of combatants whose alliances, capabilities, and in some cases motives have been in flux.

January 11, 2014

United States
Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon speaks to the media during a news conference in Tel Aviv December 1, 2005 (Magen/Courtesy Reuters). Israel’s Ariel Sharon: Always Seizing the Offensive

Former prime minister Ariel Sharon began every meeting I ever attended with U.S. officials with a greeting that always made me chuckle: “You are mostly welcome.” That welcome revealed his flawed Engl…

January 30, 2017

Israel
BP01302017 Moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem Is a Bad Idea for Everyone—Except Israeli Hard-Liners and Their American Friends

Moving the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is supposed to show American resolve. It will only sow chaos.

June 27, 2013

Cybersecurity
A general view shows booths at the 2013 Computex exhibition, the world's second largest computer show, in Taipei World Trade Center on June 3, 2013. (Pichi Chuang/Courtesy Reuters) Sharone Tobias: Internet and Press Freedom in Taiwan

Sharone Tobias is a Research Associate for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Earlier this month, Taiwanese Internet advocacy groups succeeded in shutting down an anti-piracy bill sim…

January 29, 2018

Israel
Play Israel Wall Strategy and Tactics: Examining Israel’s National Security

Panelists discuss Israel’s national security strategy, including implications for the Middle East and U.S.-Israel relations.

December 18, 2016

United States
The Next Ambassador to Israel

President-Elect Trump’s choice of David M. Friedman as his ambassador to Israel has occasioned both appropriate news coverage, and a barrage of nasty, ignorant, politically biased comments. Most o…