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With his Jerusalem play, Trump grasps a nettle others feared

President Donald Trump made a historic announcement on Wednesday,…
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Syria, the Saudis and Hariri’s resignation U-turn

fter a gripping three-week absence, Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri…
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Doha’s downfall: Qatar frozen out in Gaza, Syria, Lebanon

At his landmark address to the UN General Assembly in September,…
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Qatar, Saudi Arabia open crack in united front against Iran

A nasty war of words has broken out between two bittersweet allies…
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Trump's Tomahawks and the Abu Nidal Factor

In June 1982, US Secretary of State Alexander Haig warned Israeli…
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Four baskets on the table at Geneva V

The upcoming round of United Nations-mandated Syria peace talks,…
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Trump, Syria, and the Muslim Brotherhood

In 2012, then-US secretary of State Hillary Clinton was quot­ed…
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Who controls the Syrian chessboard?

Amidst major differences, two important benchmarks are currently…
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When the guns go silent who foots the bill? China is ready

signals from the Trump White House indicate that the new US President…
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The new Syrian Constitution is good but requires courage

The Russian-proposed constitution for Syria is raising eyebrows,…