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Vaccinations in Israel: Extraordinary Success or Ordinary Exclusion?

More than half of Israel’s population has now received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Despite these impressive results, criticisms of Israel’s exclusion of Palestinians from its vaccination campaign have come to the fore.

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New President, Old Problem: The Israeli-Palestinian Question Under Biden

While significant efforts to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict aren’t expected over the next four years, stabilization could become the focus

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Great Expectations and Even Greater Challenges await Biden on the World Stage

With Joe Biden’s election victory, many countries expect the US to once again play a more assertive and constructive role in international and regional affairs. Nonetheless, the Biden administration’s attempts to reengage will undoubtedly be met with significant challenges from Asia, the Middle East, and even Europe.

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A Case for Caution in Turkish Foreign Policy

Turkish foreign and security policy adventurism has seen an unprecedented rise under the AKP, but in order to preserve its vital interests Turkey should return to its cautious and impartial roots

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US Grand Strategy: Searching for Monsters

The US’s inability to adapt its grand strategy to a post-Cold War world order can be seen as the root of many of today’s global problems. By continuing to employ an adversarial as opposed to conciliatory approach, the US will continue to embolden its enemies and isolate its allies. Yet US commitment to the fundamentals of its alliances and the world order may be more durable than we give it credit.

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Fiscal Stimulus Packages amid COVID-19 Pandemic Not Promising in the Middle East and North Africa

The ways in which countries across the Middle East and North Africa are combating the economic backlash presented by coronavirus reveal much about the states of their economies and overall capacities to deal with the consequences of the pandemic.

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Bolton’s Book: Portrait of an Inadequate President on Fire

Former US National Security Advisor John Bolton’s book, “The Room Where It Happened”, provides us with a unique glimpse into Trump’s White House and decision-making process.

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Jordan: The Lynchpin of a Middle East in Death Throes

Israel’s plans to annex the Jordan Valley, forced displacement in the region, and the global financial implications of the coronavirus pandemic all push Jordan to the brink of economic collapse.

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Why would Support for Democracy Decline in the Middle East and North Africa?

Democracy’s image has taken a beating in the Middle East and North Africa as insecurity and socioeconomic woes forced publics across the region to prioritize stability over participatory politics, thereby facilitating authoritarian backsliding.

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China’s Investments in Israel Reflect its Grand Strategy

China’s rapprochement with geopolitically strategic Israel is a result of Beijing’s aims to enhance its reputation while weakening the US’s alliances.