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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 …

January 11, 2014

United States
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…

Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon speaks to the media during a news conference in Tel Aviv December 1, 2005 (Magen/Courtesy Reuters).

August 16, 2011

Israel
Will Ariel Block Peace?

If there is a single issue that explains the failure of Obama policy toward Israel, it is settlements. And this week the administration once again indulged itself in a knee-jerk reaction that display…

June 27, 2013

Cybersecurity
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…

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)

May 14, 2013

China
Sharone Tobias: Why Did China Release an Israeli-Palestinian Peace Plan?

Sharone Tobias is a Research Associate for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Beijing traditionally has been wary of involving itself in affairs that do not directly relate to its own…

China's President Xi Jinping (R) and his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas smile at each other during a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 6, 2013. (Courtesy Reuters/Jason Lee)

January 10, 2018

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Is Annexation of the West Bank Already Here?

My recent piece at Salon.com raised some hackles with my friend, former intern, and occasional coauthor, Michael Koplow. Michael is the policy director at the Israel Policy Forum, and he also writes …

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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…

November 13, 2017

Women and Economic Growth
A Conversation with Valerie Jarrett

I recently hosted a CFR roundtable meeting with Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to the Obama Foundation, a board member of Lyft and Ariel Financial, and a senior advisor to the media company Attn. As…

A Conversation with Valerie Jarrett

April 24, 2017

Report Watch Vol. II: Tracking Digital and Cyber Scholarship So You Don’t Have To

Alex Grigsby is the assistant director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program and Lorand Laskai is a research associate in the Asia Program at the Council on Foreign Relations. You can follow L…

January 30, 2017

Israel
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.

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