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“The potential for a military conflict between Greece and Turkey has never seemed as close since the 1990s,” said Soner Cagaptay, director of the Turkish Research Program at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. The Turkish government says Greece is to blame for the spike in tensions.
“Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Turkey signalled a new willingness to work with Iraq's Shia-led government as a means of offsetting Iranian influence,” wrote James F. Jeffrey and Michael Knights in an article for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy think-tank. Abadi has reiterated that ...

Hussein Ibish, Senior Resident Scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute, and Ghaith al Omari, Senior Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, talk with host Carol Castiel about the background and implications of the ongoing protests in Gaza and how they complicate potential talks toward a ...
The U.S. is considering using emergency powers to curb Chinese tech investments, and a new report by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission shows the government "is dangerously vulnerable to Chinese espionage or cyberattack because of its dependence on electronics and software made in ...
On April 7, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime launched yet another suspected chemical attack. Five hundred people in Douma showed symptoms consistent with exposure to chemical weapons, including burning eyes and white foam coming from their mouths and nostrils. After calling Assad an ...
“In the near term, I worry about a loss of gains in Syria and Iraq,” David Cattler, of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said Tuesday at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. “There is still a lot of work that needs to be done there,” he said. The Islamic State terror group has lost thousands of fighters and has ...

"It's jaw-dropping how many policy changes the Saudis have pursued at home and in the region since that last meeting," said Lori Plotkin Boghardt, a former CIA analyst now with the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. "Many of these changes have touched US security interests." One example is the ...
If you look at some public statements by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Patrick Clawson, he said that, “gee, it's really hard to initiate a crisis, but perhaps we can get some sort of naval provocation in the Persian Gulf against an Iranian submarine to provide crisis initiation.” So this is what's ...
If you look at some public statements by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Patrick Clawson, he said that, “gee, it's really hard to initiate a crisis, but perhaps we can get some sort of naval provocation in the Persian Gulf against an Iranian submarine to provide crisis initiation.” So this is what's going on. Then ...
You have so many layers of conflict," said Michael Knights, a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.  . (Los Angeles Times). The Shiite Turkmens had erected walls because the Islamic State jihadis, who adhere to a strict Sunni doctrine, believe Shiites are apostates who should ...
I'm functioning fully. It's business as usual,'” said David Makovsky of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and an expert in Israeli affairs. “To be in Washington and have the president speak in superlatives about him, I think it's a way to communicate with his own public that 'I'm a world statesman.
Analyst Anna Borshchevskaya of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy says Lavrov's itinerary also tells a story. “The majority of these countries where Lavrov is going are former Soviet allies: Angola, Mozambique, Ethiopia,” Borshchevskaya told VOA. “And there's several things that Lavrov's trying to ...
“I think a visit to Washington for him is a respite,” David Makovsky, director of the Project on the Middle East Peace Process at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, told JNS. “He gets a warm welcome. It's a way for him to project to the Israeli public that he is not distracted by the investigations, and ...
“I think a visit to Washington for him is a respite,” David Makovsky, director of the Project on the Middle East Peace Process at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy told JNS. “He gets a warm welcome. It's a way for him to project to the Israeli public that he is not distracted by the investigations and ...
“It's important for him not to run afoul of Trump,” said Makovsky, now at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. “It's necessary for him to show he's not so engulfed by his own legal problems that he's not functioning as a leader.” Trump and Netanyahu are scheduled to meet Monday, in the middle of the ...
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy' Farzin Nadimi last year assessed that during a two-month period, the airlift brought 21,000 passengers and 5,000 tons of supplies to Damascus. Assuming these figures are accurate, over a two-year period and at a constant rate, that is more than 250,000 ...
Ambassador Dennis Ross spoke to a full room at the Perry World House to discuss the current state of the Middle East. He spoke on Monday as part of the Ilan Heimlich Memorial Speaker and Film Series at Penn Hillel. It was the third event in the inaugural series, which aims to explore the complexity of ...

Introducing Arab forces into the mix — forces that might potentially cooperate with or even fight alongside the Syrian Kurds — would cause Ankara some serious heartburn, Jeffrey, who is now at the Washington Institute for Near East policy, explains. “This would be Arab forces entering an Arab country ...
The militias have “always had this anti-American tone, but when you have one threat after another, you see they're trying to send a specific message,” says Phillip Smyth, a scholar at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy who has been tracking Iranian-backed militias in Syria. This month, the Baqir ...
“In the near term, I worry about a loss of gains in Syria and Iraq,” David Cattler, of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said Tuesday at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. “There is still a lot of work that needs to be done there,” he said. The Islamic State terror group has lost thousands ...
Dennis Ross, a fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, first encountered Nader when he was working on Middle East issues in the waning days of the Reagan administration. But he came to work with him more closely under President George H.W. Bush on an effort to free Americans who ...
“For every envoy like Brett McGurk who is a major player in Washington, you've got half a dozen who are just getting in the way,” said James Jeffrey, a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East policy and a former U.S. ambassador to Turkey and Iraq. Whether or not the envoy position is eventually ...
Calcalist will host its Mind the Tech conference in New York for the second time on March 12-14. Held in collaboration with Israel's Bank Leumi, the event will feature leaders of industry and government, including former U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman and former Central Intelligence Agency Director James ...
But those who expect Erdogan to declare Islamic law in Turkey will have to wait for quite some time. The change will not happen overnight. It is taking place gradually as the diaphanous veil of sharia descends. Cagaptay, a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, is the author of "The ...
It has also contributed to the strengthening of this blending process and the fabric of normalization. Other researchers have also seen evidence of blending and normalization. Seven years ago, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy conducted an in-depth survey among the Arabs of east Jerusalem.
Yet, Andrew Tabler, a Syria expert at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, wrote at the time that the United States was already pursuing plan B: “Changing the demography of any country is the necessary, if not quite sufficient, precondition for partition…the White House's Plan B for Syria is already ...
But those who expect Erdogan to declare Islamic law in Turkey will have to wait for quite some time. The change will not happen overnight. It is taking place gradually as the diaphanous veil of sharia descends. Cagaptay, a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, is the author of “The ...
“He will try to emphasize to the Israeli public his value as someone who they have to thank for the strong economy and for Israel's standing in the world,” said David Makovsky of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. The police's bombshell February 13 announcement, declaring that investigators are ...
“Right now, the Iraqis are stopping a lot of stuff,” said Michael Knights, a researcher at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Though the Pentagon acknowledges that the peshmerga proved helpful to the US-backed coalition until the beginning of the Mosul fight in 2016, the Kurdish force has faced ...
... it has not openly accused Oman of involvement in the transfer, clouds are beginning to form over the relationship,” wrote Jay Solomon of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. “Gulf countries are increasingly being forced to take sides in the Saudi-Iranian dispute,” a senior US official told Solomon.
“One big attack by [Syrian President Bashar al-] Assad and that's gone,” Michael Knights, a researcher at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy who reviewed the documents, told Al-Monitor. In addition, the Pentagon is also calling for fewer supply lifts into Syria to back up the 2,000 US troops in ...
David Schenker, director of the programme on Arab Politics at the pro-Israel Washington Institute for Near East Policy, is expected to assume the position once he is confirmed by the US Senate. Schenker's appointment breaks with the longstanding tradition of naming a senior career diplomat to the position ...
Russian President Vladimir Putin staged a surprise visit to Syria in December to tell Russian servicemen they'd soon be “going home victorious” after turning the tide of the country's bloody civil war in favor of embattled dictator Bashar Assad. Now, amid spiraling reports that Russian mercenaries suffered up ...
Lisel Hintz, an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC, spoke to Kurdistan 24 following a conference last week, which she paneled, called “Turkey: A Partner in Crisis,” hosted by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. She said the US finds itself in “a tough position” because of Turkey's ...
London, 13 Feb - Donald Trump is looking to fill the role of presidential envoy to Syria as part of the US's new plan to secure and hold “open military presence” on the east of the Euphrates River. Whoever is picked as the presidential envoy to Syria will have a tough job ahead in order to achieve peace in ...
“Iraqi Kurdish political parties want to capitalize on the sympathy felt for Afrin,” said Bilal Wahab, a Wagner fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a conservative DC think tank. But there are more subtle dynamics at play. Since the referendum, Turkish leaders have shunned formal contact ...
If crown princes and commentators want to make political points with history, historians should debate the merits of what is being said. Simon Henderson is the Baker Fellow and director of the Gulf and Energy Policy Program at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Tags Islam Islamist groups Saudi ...
“My guess is that the name of the Ritz will forever be associated with being a Saudi luxury prison,” said Simon Henderson of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. The prominent Saudi said investigators were well-briefed and presented him with large stacks of documents about his financial assets.
... is indeed a dangerous escalation that raises the specter of direct conflict between Israel and Iran in Syria — a far more serious situation than the drawing of red lines and tit-for-tat exchanges that have occurred before,” said Robert Satloff, executive director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
... on their own, and that they don't need to pre-empt perceived threats, the Trump administration needs to understand the limits of rhetoric and symbolism — and the power of action. Dennis Ross is the former American envoy to the Middle East and counselor at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
... is indeed a dangerous escalation that raises the specter of direct conflict between Israel and Iran in Syria — a far more serious situation than the drawing of red lines and tit-for-tat exchanges that have occurred before,” said Robert Satloff, executive director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
Michael Singh, a former member of the National Security Council and current Managing Director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, wrote that the president's directive to fix the flaws of the deal should be regarded as “an opportunity to stabilize and strengthen the agreement,” that both the ...
Among them was the appointment of David Schenker, of the Washington Institute for Near East policy, as successor to David Satterfield as envoy to the Middle East. The most prominent change however will be the appointment of a presidential envoy to Syria, who will be primarily responsible for this file.
... on their own, and that they don't need to preempt perceived threats, the Trump administration needs to understand the limits of rhetoric and symbolism — and the power of action. Dennis Ross is the former American envoy to the Middle East and counselor at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
Michael Knights, a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said: “The key thing to remember about pre-electoral coalitions is that they don't mean a lot. All the action happens after the election, behind closed doors, when the lists can recombine to ratify the next prime minister.” “The story was ...
Michael Knights, a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said: “The key thing to remember about pre-electoral coalitions is that they don't mean a lot. All the action happens after the election, behind closed doors, when the lists can recombine to ratify the next prime minister.” “The story was ...
Robert Satloff, who is also the executive director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, wrote in a New York Daily News piece earlier this week about how his perceptions changed. “I was skeptical. … In our December meeting, Al Issa struck an impressive note,” Satloff wrote, saying Issa ...
The letter was posted Thursday on the site of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Al Issa suggested the letter was prompted in part by his friendship with the think tank's director, Robert Satloff, who has written extensively about North African Muslims who protected Jews during the Holocaust.
James F. Jeffrey is the Philip Solondz distinguished fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and the former US ambassador to Turkey, Iraq and Albania. David Pollock is the Kaufman fellow and director of the Fikra Forum blog at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Previously, he had ...
Hanin Ghaddar, an analyst at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, has been convicted by a Lebanese military court for the "crime" of defaming the army. After a closed trial held in absentia , she has been sentenced to six months imprisonment. The sad story is told by the Washington Institute here, ...


 

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