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Hard to Be Confident in the Coalition-to-Come  
Several troubling aspects of the American-led military plan to defeat the “Islamic State”
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Polarization and Solidarity Coexist in Arab Societies  
Why is it that otherwise rational men and women cannot sit down together and hammer out agreements on fair power-sharing, representation, decision-making, and accountability?
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We Do Not Need a Rerun of the War on Terror  
The GWOT, with its armed invasions, regime changes, drone fleets and other means, has only sustained and even expanded the Al-Qaeda/“Islamic State” phenomenon, because the twin drivers of Arab-Asian autocracy and foreign aggression remain virtually untouched.
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Strengths and Weaknesses in the Palestinian Initiative  
Abbas is behaving more like a parent who promises his or her children a birthday surprise than a responsible leader who has been handed responsibility for the fate of some eight million Palestinians entering their fourth generation of exile, occupation and refugeehood.
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Merkel and Putin: Ukrainian Diplomacy  
Will the Ukraine conflict escalate into an actual military conflict based on old Cold War themes? The efforts of Merkel and Putin will persist even as the rhetoric grows more strident.
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Panic or a Coming of Age in the Gulf?  
The UAE air attack in Libya clarifies a major shift underway in the worldviews and self-perceived roles of leading Arab states, who now throw their weight around the Middle East in a direct manner they never did previously.
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Antidote to the Islamic State Threat  
Stop the abusive and criminal policies that have demeaned millions of decent Arab men and women and shaped Arab countries for the past half a century.
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A Symbolic Symmetry Amidst Military Futility  
Statesmen and women should grab diplomatic openings, rather than leaving the stage for the chest-thumpers and their failed militarism.
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The Riddle of Citizen Views on Arab Statehood  
Citizens will rebel against their central state if they do not feel that their needs are being met equitably, or that they are being mistreated by the government and its military forces.
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The Caliphate vs. Everyone Else  
The Caliphate of the Islamic State (formerly ISIS or ISIL) seems to have frightened just about everyone else involved in Middle Eastern politics into a de facto geopolitical alliance.
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