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October 18, 2007

Democracy
Bakir: Kurdistan as a Model for Iraq

Minister Bakir says Kurds favor a political solution to cross-border tensions with Turkey, but so far, Ankara has “only considered a military operation to solve this problem.”

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…

August 13, 2013

Israel
Does Freeing Murderers Bring Peace?

Today Israel will free 26 murderers, a price exacted by the PLO before it would return to peace negotiations. Israel has entered into such deals before, for example freeing over 1,000 prisoners in ex…

January 10, 2012

Human Rights
Human Rights in Turkey: the Decline Continues

In the past year, Turkey has often been held up as a democratic model for Arab countries that have thrown off long-serving dictators. The problem is that with each passing month Turkey is a less demo…

August 4, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
Fatah Attacks Dahlan, Dahlan Attacks Fatah

Palestinian cabinet minister Mohammed Dahlan waves after returning to Gaza from treatment abroad October 22, 2005 (Mohammed Salem/Courtesy REUTERS). For many years Mohammed Dahlan was the top securi…

Fatah Attacks Dahlan, Dahlan Attacks Fatah

September 26, 2016

Turkey
Turkey: Writing “Erdo” Stories

There is indeed too much focus on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan the person, but there are good analytic reasons why the Turkish leader gets so much ink.

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July 21, 2016

Turkey
How Erdogan Made Turkey Authoritarian Again

It wasn't so long ago that the Turkish leader was seen as a model democrat in the Islamic world. What happened?

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July 11, 2016

Iraq
Failing Iraq

The United Kingdom's Chilcot report, the final report of the British government's Iraq Inquiry, represents a thorough examination of the record from which hopefully the British (and American) governm…

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March 29, 2016

Turkey
"How Happy Is the One Who Says, I Am a Turk!"

The war between the military and Kurdish insurgents is really a conflict over what it means to be a citizen of Turkey. That’s why there’s no end in sight to the bloodshed.

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