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Breaking The Cycle: The Need For A Sustainable, Long-Term Policy In The Middle East

by H. R. McMastervia The Caravan
Tuesday, September 1, 2020

The inability of the United States, in cooperation with like-minded nations, to implement a consistent policy toward the greater Middle East and North Africa region (spanning Morocco in the west to Iran in the east and encompassing the northern countries of Syria and Iraq to the southern countries of Sudan and Yemen) has contributed to the extent of the region’s unravelling, diminishing American influence there.

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Is China Pivoting To The Middle East?

by Paul Wolfowitzvia The Caravan
Tuesday, September 1, 2020

From the beginning, the “Pivot to Asia,” announced with some fanfare in late 2011 by President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton, was more about politics than strategy. It provided the appearance of a strategic rationale for the American retreat from the Middle East with its “endless wars,” taking advantage of our new-found “energy independence” to focus instead on the Asia-Pacific with its growing importance for American economic and security interests.


The Middle East And The Major World Powers

by Charles Hillvia The Caravan
Tuesday, September 1, 2020

At this disrupted time centered around the COVID-19 pandemic affecting all parts of the globe might there be a way to assess the relative standing of national regimes and the geographical regions as fields in which their interests may compete?

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Baath Party Archives Return To Iraq, With The Secrets They Contain

mentioning Hoover Institutionvia The Wall Street Journal
Monday, August 31, 2020

U.S. sends long-held records back to new Iraqi leader, to be kept secured to keep them from militias.

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Persistent Aggrandizement? Israel’s Cyber Defense Architecture

by Elena Chachkovia Aegis Paper Series
Wednesday, August 26, 2020

This essay compares Israel’s cyber defense architecture and recent reform with key concepts in current US strategy: Defend Forward and Persistent Engagement. It finds that the Israeli equivalent to Defend Forward is far less regulated than its US parallel, and that the Israeli version of Persistent Engagement at home allows domestic action and harnesses the private sector in ways that the US approach does not contemplate.


Russia And American Power In The Middle East

by Robert Servicevia The Caravan
Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Nothing is stranger than the notion, widely held, that Russia is a newcomer to the Middle East. After extending its rule to what is now called southern Ukraine in the late eighteenth century its territories bordered on the vast Ottoman Empire.


Eumeswil And The Anarch With Russell Berman

interview with Russell A. Bermanvia Hermitix
Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Russell Berman talks about Ernst Junger’s novel Eumeswil alongside discussions on violence, myth, and ideology.


Lebanon's Government Resigned After The Beirut Port Blast. Here's What Needs To Happen Now.

by H. R. McMastervia NBC News
Tuesday, August 18, 2020

International aid must be contingent on the county's adopting a new system of government in which seats and positions aren't apportioned to religious factions.


Kiron Skinner: Israel-UAE Peace Deal May Cripple Iran's Influence Over Region

interview with Kiron K. Skinnervia Fox News
Friday, August 14, 2020
Hoover Institution fellow Kiron Skinner talks about the significance of the Israel-UAE peace deal.

Crosswinds: The Way of Saudi Arabia

by Fouad Ajamivia Hoover Institution Press
Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Fouad Ajami presents a firsthand look at the political culture in Saudi Arabia and its conduct and influence in foreign lands from the early 1990s to around 2010.