22/10/2011 Article

The ‘Great Game’ in Syria

This is today's "great game": the US-instigated "color" revolutions in former Soviet republics have given way to a bloodier, more multi-layered process today, but the psychology remains unchanged.

/ Alastair Crooke

Tags: Obama administration, Syria

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Article posted on Asia Times Online, 22 October 2011 This summer, a senior Saudi official told John Hannah [1], former United States vice president Dick

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29/07/2011 Publication

Politics After Al-Qaeda

/ Faisal Devji

Tags: Al Qaeda, Obama administration, War on terrorism

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Released by the Pentagon following the American assassination of Osama bin Laden in Abbotabad, an already “iconic” image showing Al-Qaeda’s frail leader watching footage of

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14/01/2011 Article

Iran, the US, and the Balance of Power in the Middle East

If there is no security for Iranians, in their eyes there will be no security for Iran’s antagonists in the region.

/ Seyed Mohammad Marandi

Tags: Iran, Middle East, Obama administration, War in Iraq, War on terrorism


The Islamic Republic of Iran’s interest in a stable Middle East is arguably greater than that of the United States—after all this is Iran’s neighborhood.

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13/12/2010 Article

Tourists in Washington: Anatomy of a European Mideast Failure

Europe subordinated itself to the US principle that Israel's self-definition of its security needs should determine any negotiated solution.

/ Alastair Crooke

Tags: Europe, Gaza, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Middle East, Obama administration, Occupied Territories, Palestinians, West Bank

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Article posted on www.foreignpolicy.com The ‘weakness’ of Europe – and also that of the US – in the Middle East is not essentially one of

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29/06/2010 Article

The Shifting Sands of State Power in the Middle East

The prospective bitter struggle over the future of the region, and the shaping of Islam closely interconnected to the balance of power will not see a region any “easier” for the US to deal with.

/ Alastair Crooke

Tags: Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Middle East, Obama administration

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Article posted on The Washington Quarterly, June 2010 In his commendably candid interview with Time in January 2010, President Barack Obama noted that managing politics

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28/01/2010 Article

Imposing Middle East Peace

Israel has crossed the threshold from the Middle East’s only democracy to the only “apartheid regime” in the Western world.

/ Henry Siegman

Tags: Europe, Israel, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Obama administration, Palestinians


Report published by the Norwegian Peace-Building Centre The continued expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank seems to have finally locked in the permanence

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26/01/2010 Article

Giving ‘Engagement’ a Bad Name: Obama’s Iran Policy at One Year

What made Obama attractive was his commitment to “end the mindset” that led the US into war in Iraq.

/ Flynt Leverett & Hillary Mann Leverett

Tags: Diplomacy, Iran, Obama administration

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The first anniversary of Barack Obama’s inauguration as President of the United States came this week. The sharpest criticism of Obama’s first-year record on domestic

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03/12/2009 Article

President Obama: Getting to ‘Yes’

The region sees the drift of power from erstwhile US allies, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, towards the northern tier, and is starting to readjust to the new power reality.

/ Alastair Crooke

Tags: Iran, Obama administration

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Article posted on both Asia Times and www.theraceforiran.com. An edited version of the article was also published in the New York Times. Whilst America has

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01/11/2009 Publication

Businessmen Posing as Revolutionaries: General Dayton and the “new Palestinian Breed”

/ Aisling Byrne

Tags: Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Obama administration

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