Middle East/North African News & Analysis

Republican Debate: Trump Holds Off Cruz, but From Start to Finish, Yet Another Circus

Sane Republicans and the rest of America saw little to reassure themselves that a sane dark horse would emerge in time to prevent an extremist from securing the nomination, and after this debate, pundits and the public alike must start ...
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December Republican Debate Exposed GOP As Joke on National Security

With its focus on national security, the mid-December Republican debate, though a month past, can still serve as a stark reminder of how silly and insubstantial leading Republicans are when it comes to dealing with problems like ISIS and Putin, ...
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Happy—Wait, No—Risky New Year 2016

Happy Risky New Year If people thought 2015 was bad, 2016 shows no sign of letting on up on risk. The Middle East, China, Europe, Central Africa, even the United States will all raise serious questions about risk in 2016 ...
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2015 Year in Risk Review: Risky Business

2015 was a tough year, but not altogether bad… Originally published on LinkedIn Pulse January 4, 2016 By Brian E. Frydenborg (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter @bfry1981) January 4th, 2016; alternate version published on Global Risk Insights AMMAN — The year 2015 ...
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This ONE Chart Breaks Down the Obama ISIS / Terrorism Strategy and Why Republican Ideas Will Make Things Far Worse

This is THE ONE chart / infographic you need to see that breaks down the broad components of Obama's very rational ISIS / counterterrorism / Middle East strategy. It makes clear that in every major area, Obama understand how to ...
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Claiming Obama’s Iraq Withdrawal Created ISIS Problem Is Absurd; Here Are the Top 5 Reasons Why

People claiming that the withdrawal from Iraq of U.S. forces carried out by the Obama Administration from 2010-2011 explains the rise of the terrorist group ISIS have absolutely no idea what they are talking about. A simple look at the ...
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Republican Criticism of Obama’s Sound ISIS Strategy Myopic; GOP Ideas Help ISIS, Endanger Americans

GOP Ideas Help ISIS, Endanger Americans Just because Obama's ISIS, counterterrorism, and Middle East strategy is complex and will not fit on a bumper-sticker or in a soundbite does not mean it is not a good one, and a bit ...
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Encountering Dehumanization Among Israelis and Palestinians

The lengths to which far too many people on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict go to minimize or deny the humanity and suffering of people on the other side and to claim a monopoly of suffering and righteousness for ...
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Russia Reaping What It Sows in Syria: Putin Puts Russia on Path to Peril & Destabilizing Middle East; Downing of Russian Plane by Turkey Latest Result

In the wake of Turkey’s downing of a Russian military jet that violated its airspace and Russia’s resulting casualties, tensions are certainly on the rise. Despite the fact that these tensions should not be overblown, important questions about Putin’s aims ...
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Republicans vs. Syrian Refugees: Keep Your tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses Yearning to Breathe Free Because We’re Scared

Republicans, predictably after the Paris attacks, have turned on Syrian refugees as the latest group from which they can arouse fear in the American people to Republicans' political benefit. Buying into this fear would be ignorant and stupid, and the ...
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What the Paris Attacks Taught Me About Israel

When Paris was hit by terrorism and French civilians were killed, the world stood up for the French. When Israel is hit by terror and Israeli civilians are killed, too many people are silent. Standing up against the terrorist murder ...
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Terror in Paris: Time to Think, & Sit Down, Shutup to the Ideologues

As this historic terrorist attack unfolds, France, Europe, the West, and the Middle East need to really think about what they've been doing and what they are about to do before doing it. This is a time to be smart, ...
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