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August 19, 2012

August 19, 2012

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Barack Obama speaking in Cairo in June 2009. (Photo: Reuters)

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The U.S. Role in a Changing Mideast

America must appreciate that it cannot dictate events in the Arab world, especially in the light of the Arab spring, veteran Middle East expert, Edward P. Djerejian, tells the Council on Foreign Relations.

One thing that is very important to influence the outcome of the Arab Spring and Awakening is to demand more political participation by the people in the affairs of their lives politically, economically, and socially. You can call it democracy, but it will be democracy with very Arab and Islamic characteristics. Whatever we can do to influence the evolution of these societies under more stable, democratic and free economic paths is where the United States should be crafting its policies.


Israel Debates a Strike on Iran

Michael Herzog of the Washington Institute takes a look at the issue currently dominating the Israeli public agenda: To strike Iran, and if so, when? 

[M]ost Israelis believe that Iran is bent on acquiring nuclear weapons. They also regard a nuclear-armed Iran as a mortal threat to their country’s future and are highly skeptical that international sanctions and diplomacy will curtail Tehran’s aims. Therefore, the debate focuses on the cost-effectiveness of a unilateral Israeli strike (in both strategic and practical terms), as well as its timing and potential impact on U.S.-Israeli relations.


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