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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).

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)

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…

October 25, 2011

Israel
Israeli Settlements: Back to the Future

According to news reports, the Obama Administration has a new proposal to cope with the issue of construction in Israeli settlements. Israel would “halt the construction of new neighborhoods but coul…

May 21, 2012

Israel
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Deconstructors

This week’s Time magazine cover story features Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and attempts to divine the Israeli leader’s true ambitions. Time asks: Now that he has formed Israel’s strongest coali…

Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on May 7, 2012 (Gali Tibbon/Courtesy Reuters).

May 8, 2012

Israel
The Reconstitution of Likud

On August 7, 2005, Israel’s Minister of Finance resigned his post in protest against Prime Minister Sharon’s plan to remove settlements and military bases from Gaza. That man was Benjamin Netanyahu. …

November 8, 2011

Israel
Obama Joins the Chorus

France's President Nicolas Sarkozy (L) and U.S. President Barack Obama attend a Franco-American ceremony at City Hall in Cannes, November 4, 2011, at the end of the second day of G20 Summit. (Co…

Obama Joins the Chorus

September 9, 2014

Israel
Palestine in the Sinai?

Several days ago news reports "revealed" a proposal by Egyptian President Sisi to extend the territory of Gaza south into the Sinai. According to the story as Israel Army radio carried it, the area t…