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December 7, 2017

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
The Palestinian Violence is Not Spontaneous

There were widespread "predictions" that President Trump's decision on Jerusalem would "lead to violence." I use the quotation marks because many of those "predictions" were actually threats. When so…

November 21, 2016

Middle East and North Africa
Fatah Fades Away

It is about one week before the Seventh General Congress of the Fatah party in Ramallah. 1,400 members will participate, but very few people outside Fatah care. As Avi Issacharoff writes in an excell…

July 17, 2015

There Goes the International Criminal Court

The International Criminal Court (ICC) was an experiment. From the beginning its potential success was threatened, as all United Nations-linked bodies are, by the danger of falling into UN Human Righ…

January 1, 2014

Middle East and North Africa
Confidence-destroying Measures

Working toward an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement, negotiators always seek "confidence-building measures" or CBMs. These moves are supposed to show good faith and convince the other side to under…

July 19, 2013

Turkey
Weekend Reading: Egypt’s Economy, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry, and Greening the West Bank

Matt Phillips, writing for Quartz, provides some startling figures about Egypt’s economy following the ouster of former President Hosni Mubarak. Kadri Gursel examines the Islamization of Turkey’s fo…

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November 3, 2014

United States
Ten Histories of the Cold War Worth Reading

Sunday marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. For those of us who grew up during the Cold War it was an unforgettable moment—one we hoped for but didn’t necessarily expect…

Berlin-Wall

October 16, 2012

United States
TWE Remembers: JFK Learns that Soviet Missiles Are in Cuba (Cuban Missile Crisis, Day One)

Hillary Clinton famously ran a political attack ad during the 2008 primary campaign saying that a president had to be prepared for a 3:00 a.m. phone call saying that something bad had happened overse…

Map of Cuba annotated by President John F. Kennedy during his first CIA briefing on October 16, 1962.  The map is displayed at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston, Massachusetts. (Brian Snyder/ courtesy Reuters)

October 15, 2012

United States
TWE Remembers: The United States Discovers Soviet Missiles in Cuba

The phone call came at an inconvenient time for McGeorge Bundy. The forty-three year-old national security adviser was hosting a sendoff dinner for the new U.S. ambassador to France, Charles “Chip” B…

A Soviet medium-range ballistic missile on parade in Moscow's Red Square. (Dino A. Brugioni Collection, The National Security Archive, Washington, DC)

March 15, 2012

Israel
Ugly Israelis?

I rarely write about Israel.  It’s important politically, but intellectually for me a bit of a bore. What more can be said about the country that has not already been said, especially the Arab-Israel…

Ugly-Israeli

July 12, 2011

Israel
Five Years After the Israel-Hezbollah War

  An Israeli artillery unit fires a shell towards Lebanon from its position near the Israeli-Lebanese border August 9, 2006. Israel decided on Wednesday to expand its ground offensive in Leban…

Five Years After the Israel-Hezbollah War