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  • April 20, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 20, 2012 | 5:18 am

    Iran’s Last Chance?‎

    Writing for Project Syndicate, former EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana makes the ‎case for pursuing talks with Iran, albeit fraught and perilous ones. ‎

    If we want to ensure that Iran never has a nuclear weapon, the only guarantee is to ‎change...

  • Were you surprised to learn that…? The Syria edition

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 17, 2012 | 7:51 am

    ‎This might be an occasional feature on Rosner’s Domain to which you can all contribute. So ‎here we go:‎
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    Were you surprised to learn that “Syrian Forces Widen Attacks as Cease-Fire Unravels”?‎
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    Were you surprised to learn that “Russia sends conflicting signals...

  • April 15, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 15, 2012 | 3:52 am

    A Tale of Two Uprisings

    Syrian refugees who found sanctuary in Libya talk to Abigail Hauslohner of Time about the ‎differences between the revolts against the rules of Muammar Gadhafi and Bashar Assad.  ‎

    ‎[T]he Syrians who have fled Homs for the relative safety of their Arab...

  • Arab Spring fatigue or American fatigue?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 14, 2012 | 4:10 am

    Arab Spring fatigue is spreading across the board in the United States. One year after Tunisia triggered a wave of Arab demonstrations and revolutions, Americans are discovering that Tunisia is not in great shape, Egypt hasn’t changed much, the monarch is still in power in Morocco,...

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  • March 14, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 14, 2012 | 3:37 am

    Shalom, Beijing

    Writing in Foreign Policy, Oren Kessler looks at two decades of ties between Israel and China, and how the latter’s link to Iran could impact on that relationship.

    As they mark 20 years of diplomatic relations, China and Israel are exchanging far more than florid...

  • February 26, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 26, 2012 | 6:02 am

    What Happens After Israel Attacks Iran

    For all their warnings about a strike on Iran, Israel’s leaders have been remarkably quiet about the longer-term fallout, writes Ehud Eiran in Foreign Policy.

    And so there is a gap in Israel’s debate about Iran. Although Israeli experts focus...

  • February 22, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 22, 2012 | 2:21 am

    How to Talk Down Tehran’s Nuclear Ambitions

    Richard Haass and Michael Levi in the Wall Street Journal outline how best to maximize Iran’s recent readiness to engage in negotiations over its nuclear program.

    Negotiations need to achieve meaningful results if they are to be embraced....

  • February 17, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 17, 2012 | 4:37 am

    Autocrats vs. Despots

    Steve Coll of the New Yorker asks why the Arab League member states are really so interested in intervention in Syria.

    In the case of Syria, the League’s mainly Sunni Muslim-led members are motivated largely by their fear of Iran, which is mostly Shiite....

  • ‘Assad will fall, but not so quickly’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 15, 2012 | 9:51 am

    Moshe Maoz, professor of Islamic and Middle Eastern studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, talks to Rosner’s Domain about Israeli policy on Syria.

    What should Israel’s policy be regarding Syria at the present time?

    Israel couldn’t do very much. Basically, Israel should...

  • February 15, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 15, 2012 | 3:50 am

    Hamas of contradictions

    Hussein Ibish of Now Lebanon looks at the rift between Hamas’ rulers in Gaza and the external leadership – with the two seeming to take opposing sides in a changing Arab world.

    The external Hamas leadership has a branding and identity crisis, and needs...

  • February 14, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 14, 2012 | 5:41 am

    Antinuclear Assassinations
    Whoever is behind the killings of Iranian nuclear scientists should be praised not censured, writes James Kirchick in The Weekly Standard.

    The logic behind this assassination campaign—and it should be reasonable to assume at this point that the deaths of...

  • February 12, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 12, 2012 | 3:13 am

    The Ticking Clock

    Writing in Foreign Policy, Robert Haddick presents the case why this time, Israel is not bluffing when it comes to a strike on Iran.

    Yet from Israel’s point of view, time really has run out. The sanctions have come too late. And when Israeli policymakers consider...

  • February 10, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 10, 2012 | 8:15 am

    How to set Syria free

    The Economist argues that supplying Syria’s opposition with weapons would be counterproductive in Assad’s bloody battle against those seeking to oust him.

    Far better to attack Mr Assad’s regime where it is vulnerable—by peeling away his support, both at...

  • Must Read, February 9, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 9, 2012 | 4:54 am

    U.S. and Israel Split on Speed of Iran Threat

    Washington and Jerusalem are at odds over if and when to take military action over Iran’s nuclear program, write Mark Landler and David E. Sanger in the New York Times

    The Israelis have zeroed in on Iran’s plan to put much of its...

  • Must Read, February 8, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 8, 2012 | 3:20 am

    Is Time on Israel’s Side?

    Writing for American.com,  Lazar Berman present his observations after two weeks of conversations with Israeli security experts, academcs and journalists, touching on topics ranging from Iran and the Arab Spring to extremist Israeli Jews and the peace...

  • Must Read, February 7, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 7, 2012 | 2:30 am

    Where’s Obama?

    Richard Cohen calls Obama “naive” on Iran and wants regime change, no less:

    In his State of the Union address, Obama was pretty clear about U.S. intentions: “Let there be no doubt: America is determined to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, and I will take...

  • Why doing something on Syria is a strategic concern for the US

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 6, 2012 | 7:12 am

    There’s nothing shockingly surprising about Russia and China’s decision to veto a UN Security Council Resolution on Syria on Saturday night. Can China really go along with a resolution that calls to “put an end to all human rights violations and attacks against those exercising their...

  • Must Read, January 6, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 6, 2012 | 3:01 am

    The Lesson of the Arab Spring

    In the wake of a year of turmoil, and ongoing uncertainty, Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal makes the case in the Wall Street Journal for evolution not revolution in the Arab world.

    If there is a lesson to be learned from the Arab Spring, it is that...

  • Must Read, January 19, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 19, 2012 | 1:54 am

    John Bolton: On Iran, sanctions are not the answer

    The hawkish former envoy to the UN writes in USA Today that the only way to contain Iran’s nuclear ambitions is by attacking its facilities.

    “The most likely outcome is stark: The world’s central banker of terrorism will very soon...

  • At least 15 reported killed in Syria, among them 3 youths

    June 24, 2011 | 10:28 am

    At least 15 people were reported killed in Syria on Friday in protests against President Bashar Assad’s regime, Al Arabiya said.

    Earlier, residents told Reuters that security forces shot dead three protesters in the central Syrian city of Homs, and at least three youths in the main...

  • Protests erupt across Syria on ‘Day of Rage’

    April 29, 2011 | 8:11 am

    Syrian security forces opened fire on demonstrations Friday in the capital Damascus and the coastal city of Latakia - the heartland the ruling elite - wounding at least five people as thousands took to the streets in several places across the country, witnesses said.

    Other...

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