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Agence Global

Are U.S. Interests REALLY at Stake in Egypt, Syria, etc.?

I was participating in an exchange on an email listserv the other day, and one of the participants — Brendan Green, a visiting professor at the LBJ …

Taking sides in Egypt: 3 Questions with Ambassador Nicholas Burns

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Egypt: Balancing Interests Over Values

The bloody events in Egypt have placed American policymakers precisely where they least like to be—torn between American strategic interests and …

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No Surprises in Egypt

What’s happening throughout the Middle East isn’t really surprising. Mideast experts had long been aware of the strains that these societies are …

Obama has an opening with Iran

With a speed few predicted, Iran’s new president, Hassan Rowhani, has signaled his interest in negotiations this autumn on Iran’s controversial …

Constituting Generals

In the lengthy, acrimonious and not always enlightening debate about the decision of the Egyptian Armed Forces to oust former President Mohammad …

Egypt boils over

The <i>tension and unrest that arose in Egypt last month after the army ousted democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi exploded this week, with</i> …

A US-Iran opening?

With a speed few predicted, Iran’s new president, Hassan Rowhani, has signaled his interest in negotiations this autumn on Iran’s controversial …

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U.S. Action in Syria Could Sway Iran on Nukes

Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad must be pleased at how, within a week, the conversation has shifted from his regime’s alleged use of chemical weapons …

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Conference Spotlights Saudi Arabia’s Role in the Middle East

As the Turkish lira slides and economic prospects worsen, Erdoğan will need to reverse course and assure investors of Turkey’s central bank …

Fighting erupts at Syria's Aleppo prison

Syrian troops backed by tanks and warplanes are fighting to repel an attack on the central prison in Aleppo after rebels blew up its walls in suicide car bombings, according to a watchdog.<p>The fighting comes as the UN General Assembly prepares to vote on a resolution condemning the government of …