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Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin is expected to lead the United States' delegation to the inauguration ceremony of the new American embassy in Jerusalem on May 14th, Israeli officials told me. The big picture: The Israeli Foreign Ministry and Prime Minister's office have started to prepare for the ...
“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.

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 ...
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 ...
(April 20, 2018 / JNS) Israel's covert war with Iran became overt when, in what can only be interpreted as a clear escalation, Iran sent an armed drone into Israeli territory in February. While Israel then wiped out most of Syria's air defenses after an Israel Air Force fighter jet was shot down, now, after Israel allegedly struck the ...
"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 ... elections
A team from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) was able to visit the site of a suspected Chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria, the BBC reports. The big picture: The inspectors were "delayed for one week...before they could visit the town," the Associated Press ...
Welcome to Axios World, where two evenings a week we break down what you need to know about the big stories from around the world. Thanks for joining me! Tell your friends and colleagues to sign up here, and send tips and feedback to lawler@axios.com. Chicago readers — you're invited to join Mike ...
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 ...
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 country's future prospects by businesses and investors, Iranian and global investors alike, and by the Iranian public at large," said Nader Uskowi, an Iranian expert, former civilian policy adviser to U.S. Central Command and now visiting fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, told JNS.
David Schenker, the director of the Arab Policy Program at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, provides a critique of the Egyptian Armed Forces' programs of armament and training in his paper “Egypt's Failed War on Terror,” published in May 2017. “Since 2011, Egypt has been losing ground ...
Phillip Smyth, the Soref fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said via e-mail that he estimates the number of fighters for Iran-sponsored militias at 16,000-28,000. These fighters willingly serve as part of the pro-Assad coalition. They are happy to fight Syria's opposition and jihadist factions.
A new report published by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, authored by Neri Zilber and Ghaith al-Omari, looks at the development of the Palestinian security forces since 1994. Part of the study focuses on the internal rivalries and Palestinian factions that returned with Yasser Arafat from Tunisia ...
Haisam Hassanein, a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy who focuses on relations between Israel and Arab States, told JNS that the best way to describe Egyptian election is that it is essentially a “referendum on El-Sisi's popularity.” “All his credible opponents have been banished by his ...
The Daesh attacks show how easily the extremists are able to return to their insurgent roots after military setbacks, said Michael Knights, an Iraq analyst at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. “IS [Daesh] has returned to its 2013 tactics without missing a beat,” he said, referring to the relatively ...

"It would require time and resources on the technical side, such as reissuing executive orders and making decisions about licensing policy," Bauer, who is currently a scholar at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, told me. "But also on the diplomatic side if the objective is to rebuild pressure on ...
The IS attacks show how easily the extremists are able to return to their insurgent roots after military setbacks, said Michael Knights, an Iraq analyst at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. “IS has returned to its 2013 tactics without missing a beat,” he said, referring to the relatively low-level attacks ...
He remains a visiting fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. For more on the incident, here is an AP story http://bit.ly/2IXiDAo … And here is an essay by Jay giving his version of the events http://bit.ly/2FSwUNv. WHAT THE SENATE IS BUZZING ABOUT … In the last few days, people close to ...
In such a complex legal matter, it doesn't seem likely that treaty politics somehow affected the timing of the Justice Department action, said one policy expert, Michael Eisenstadt, director of the Military and Security Studies Program at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Instead, he said, the case ...
It needs people who recognize the positive, and work toward a more collective and inclusive future.. Haisam Hassanein is a Glazer fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, where he focuses on economic relations between Israel and Arab states. Follow him on Twitter @HaisamHassanei1.
“The early judgment appears to be that US opinion hopes that MBS's social and economic reforms will succeed, for the benefit of the Kingdom and the wider Middle East,” said Simon Henderson, director of the Gulf and energy policy program at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Trump was ...
Singh is managing director at the Washington Institute. He was senior director for Middle East affairs at the U.S. National Security Council from from 2005 to 2008. Jeffrey is the Philip Solondz distinguished fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and the former U.S. ambassador to Turkey, Iraq, ...
“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 ...
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.
“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 ...
WASHINGTON - Under the best of circumstances, a Mideast peace deal is the Holy Grail of diplomacy, a goal that has eluded American presidents for generations. With Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu set to visit Washington this coming week, the mix of politics, personalities and historical ...
“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 ...
David Schenker, a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy who is widely believed to be Trump's nominee to replace Satterfield as assistant secretary of state, takes a harder line on Hezbollah. Barabandi pointed out that most appointees in key State Department positions responsible for the ...
"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 ...
Ross may not be getting paid to say what he does, but as a fellow at the neoconservative Washington Institute for Near East Policy, he is immersed in a nexus of shared foreign policy interests with the Saudi lobby—and it shows. “(Saudi Arabia) is arguably the biggest player in the foreign influence space,” ...
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 ...
“The land bridge only exists if Iraq allows Iran to use it,” said Michael Knights, a researcher at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. “A complete lack of situational awareness would be a disaster. Are we worried that 6,000 [Shiite] militias will get in their cars in the next Hezbollah-Israel war and go ...
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 ...
... a power-broker in the region, to the detriment of the U.S. and its allies. Anna Borshchevskaya is the Ira Weiner Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. World. https://www.axios.com/us-leadership-dims-world-drifting-from-democracy-1519685722-c4e2f5e7-5065-475a-813e-d4297c00a3fd.html. Profile photo.
“I fail to see the logic behind the Iranians sending a drone to Israel,” said Ehud Yaari, an Israeli television analyst of Arab affairs and an Israel-based fellow of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. “They have other priorities right now in Syria.” But once it had crossed into Israeli airspace, the Israelis ...
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 ...
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 ...
“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 ...
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 ...
“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 ...
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 ...
“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 ...
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 ...
“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.


 

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