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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Democracy in the Middle East

Democracy in the Middle East, says the conventional American wisdom, will promote peace and freedom. Despite failures in Iraq and elsewhere, this policy seems to still have quite a following and is still the basis of officially declared American policy. [more]

by Moderator @ 06:46 PM CST [Link]

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Is US Middle East policy hopeless?

Please bear with me while I present the following bits of wisdom:

"The United States can be most effective when it pools and leverages resources with the many with whom it shares objectives in the region."

"There are no shortages of challenges and players..."

" ...but with smart management strategies this should increase rather than diminish opportunities for solutions."

" U.S. officials need an organized strategy"

"Taking stock of where the Middle East and U.S. policy for the region currently stand yields a complicated picture."

No, the above are not part of a joke email entitled "Corporate Bullshit Bingo," though the now faded "leverage" cliche is there.

by Moderator @ 01:56 AM CST [Link]

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

MidEast Hopes Tempered by Caution

Contact in the Middle East is thriving. Negotiations, in one form or another, are underway on five fronts: between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, Israel and Hamas, Fatah and Hamas, Israel and Syria, and Israel and Hezbollah. In each case, hope must be tempered by caution: complexities abound and considerable obstacles lie in the way of success.

by Moderator @ 02:07 PM CST [Link]

The day Middle East Peace broke out

Last night I had the strangest dream, I never dreamed before;
I dreamed the world had all agreed, to put an end to war.

For all of us who are used to Middle East wars and war scares, bellicose statements and intractable conflicts, some of the recent headlines seem like a euphoric vision resulting from an exceptionally beneficent psychedelic drug. At least, they are very strange. Suddenly, it appears as though there is agreement and harmony on almost every front, between the most ferocious enemies. If it is all coming together, it is really wonderful, isn't it? [more]

by Moderator @ 01:56 PM CST [Link]

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Advice to candidates: US Middle East Policy

To inhabitants of the Middle East, the oddity of American Middle East policy is perhaps exceeded only by the even odder nature of commentary about the Middle East, and the fantastic gyrations and contortions of candidates for the U.S. Presidency on the subject of the Middle East. [more]

by Moderator @ 01:08 PM CST [Link]


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