A Divided Knesset Will Mean Difficulties for Netanyahu

Last week, Israeli citizens voted in the elections of the 19th Knesset, with current Prime Minister Netanyahu narrowly winning a majority. While the election was a victory for Netanyahu on paper, he was severely weakened by the result. Although most analysts had predicted a sharp shift to the right in...

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A War of Words in Gaza

Israel and Hamas have extended the olive branch—for the moment. The rockets have stopped firing, but a war of public opinion will continue as the balance of power shifts in the Middle East. Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and his administration have demonstrated political competence, convincing Hamas to join peace talks...

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Africa Rising

As the rest of the world is still trying to resurrect itself from economic crisis, a new economic player is beginning to emerge.  Africa is beginning to prove itself on an international stage, becoming an increasingly important force in the world economy.  Its growing economic significance will have a sizable...

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Words Over Benghazi

It looked like the onset of a Clinton Renaissance. At the Democratic National Convention this year, Bill Clinton’s speech reignited the Democrats. Seemingly still in an uncomfortable truce with the Obama coalition, the Clintonites have spent the last four years in the eaves of the party.  Nonetheless there were murmurs...

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“I Am Malala”: A Battle Cry for Justice

On October 9th, 2012, a 15-year-old Pakistani female was shot in the head and neck while traveling home on a school bus in a Taliban-run assassination attempt. This young student was Malala Yousafzai, who is from the town of Mingora in Swat District, Khyber Pakhtunkwa province, Pakistan. Yousafzai is well...

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“Depends on Your Definition of Ally”

A tense situation is developing between President Obama and Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, and more broadly, between the United States and Egypt. Morsi was elected in June 2012 after Egypt’s former leader, Hosni Mubarak was effectively ousted in violent protests in Egypt. Egypt under Mubarak was widely considered an American...

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Obama & Iran: Borrowing a Page of Nixon’s Playbook

With such a vast amount of controversy swirling over Iran and its nuclear program, it seems almost impossible to decipher which policy option would best serve the United States’ national interest. A scan of the headlines of popular news sites such as The New York Times and The Economist illuminates...

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