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Saudi Arabia’s dangerous alliance with Salafi forces against the Arab Spring

Saudi Arabia’s dangerous alliance with Salafi forces against the Arab Spring

By Brian M Downing The uprisings of the Arab Spring have been supported in the West and many other countries as well.  The tide is seen as welcome, inevitable, and essential to placing the region on a proper political and economic track. That view, however, is not shared in Saudi Arabia. The view from Riyadh […]

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Obama at UN addressed the Arab Street and U.S. voters, spurning other global concerns

Obama at UN addressed the Arab Street and U.S. voters, spurning other global concerns

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — President Barack Obama’s speech before the UN General Assembly was directed to two domestic audiences. One Main Street USA where outrage and anguish over the killing of American diplomats, the trashing of diplomatic property throughout the Middle East, and the seething resentment towards America is viewed as a […]

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Regime security, not national security, is dominant priority in Beijing and Moscow

Regime security, not national security, is dominant priority in Beijing and Moscow

By Sol W. Sanders Minxin Pei, the most original of current Sinologists, makes the point authoritarian/totalitarian regimes inherently prioritize requirements for protecting regime leaders over long-term national interest. To preserve the former’s power, they sacrifice the latter’s needs. In the process, they encourage breakdown in the world order. Beijing is now demonstrating the phenomenon in […]

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Loud and clear signals from Egypt: Rules of its game with West have changed

Loud and clear signals from Egypt: Rules of its game with West have changed

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — When the government of erstwhile U.S. ally Egypt shut down seventeen Western pro-democracy groups, trashed their Cairo offices, and slapped travel bans on some of their staff, political relations between Washington and Cairo hit a new and unexpected low. Just a year after a tumultuous political uprising topped […]

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Can this global mess wait until January 2013?

By Sol W. Sanders Diverted by the essential — if sometimes burlesqued — pursuit of America’s quadrennial search for leadership, policymakers have tried to put international problems on hold. But dealing with wannabe-totalitarian outcroppings throughout the Islamic world from Casablanca to Zamboanga, is as critical and demanding and may take as long as the struggle with Moscow’s […]

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2012: What a year and it's just starting!

2012: What a year and it's just starting!

By John J. Metzler NEW YORK — It’s once again time to peer into the foggy crystal ball and try to decipher the future political trends and events. Indeed, after the roller-coaster year of 2011, it’s hard to imagine that 2012 could hold some equally disquieting social, political and economic turmoil. But few predicted the […]

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Arab Spring plus U.S. policy equals Arab Winter

Arab Spring plus U.S. policy equals Arab Winter

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — After the heady and often dizzying political changes optimistically described as the Arab Spring, many of these same Middle Eastern states may be heading for what sadly looks like an Arab Winter. The seasonal political shift was predictable, but the end results remain in flux. The three great […]

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U.S. foreign policy on autopilot: Damn the allies, an election is nigh!

U.S. foreign policy on autopilot: Damn the allies, an election is nigh!

By Sol W. Sanders Running an empire is not for sissies. Since 1945, the U.S., holding the aces, had to finesse a role once played by the Europeans with Washington pulling up the Latin American rear. But that tacit alliance maintained worldwide stability for only two decades, in part because pre-digital America could sulk behind two oceans. […]

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From 'Arab spring' to a grim Arab summer

From 'Arab spring' to a grim Arab summer

  By Sol W. Sanders What a few months ago seemed an irresistible wave of rising expectations forcing a renaissance in Tunisia, Egypt and other “moderate” Muslim societies, now has been stymied.  But the uprisings have had economic and political consequences. Other consequences, still unforeseen, are bound to come along, but for the moment we […]

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Iranian winter could chill the Arab spring

Iranian winter could chill the Arab spring

By John Bolton Since the “Arab Spring” began four months ago in Tunisia, U.S. media have focused constantly and generally optimistically on the turmoil in the Middle East. Unfortunately, the rising threat of an Iranian Winter—nuclear or otherwise—is likely to outlast and overshadow any Arab Spring. Iran’s hegemonic ambitions are embodied in its rapidly progressing […]