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Opinion: Recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is a dangerous gambit

December 6, 2017 |

Having worked at the State Department on Arab-Israeli negotiations for the better part of a quarter century, I came up with more than my fair share of half-baked ideas.
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Opinion: Will Zimbabwe’s new President bring change?

November 24, 2017 |

The new president of Zimbabwe is called “The Crocodile.” Crocodiles are feared and respected in Africa, where the reptile patiently waits for its prey, half-hidden in the brown waters of the bushveld. An impala, a zebra or even a massive kudu knows that when they come to drink at a waterhole, the “garwe” might pounce. The crocodile, like Emmerson Mnangagwa, bides his time and is swift in his execution.
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Opinion: The US must take a lead in the Rohingya crisis

November 24, 2017 |

Since August 25, Myanmar’s military has waged a brutal scorched-earth campaign against Rohingya Muslims living in the country’s impoverished Rakhine state.
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Opinion: Those coming after Robert Mugabe are not good men

November 22, 2017 |

The resignation of Robert Mugabe, after the intervention of the army and then the move to impeach him, ends his 37 years in power — which included his physical and intellectual degeneration over the last decade.
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Opinion: Asia trip a chance for Trump to act like a leader

November 2, 2017 |

Presidential trips can be a strong policy instrument when wielded correctly. But when poorly planned or executed, time abroad can result in irrevocable blows to US national security.
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Opinion: A fudged Brexit is May’s best hope

October 25, 2017 |

In last year’s referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union, Theresa May supported remaining in the EU in the quietest way imaginable.
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Opinion: Iran should call Trump’s bluff on nuclear deal

October 13, 2017 |

Donald Trump has just thrown the whole steaming mess of the Iran nuclear treaty into the hands of a deeply wounded and divided Congress, having built no foundation for such an action with the five other nations that signed the accord — four of them desperately important for US national security.
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Opinion: On Iran deal, Trump courts another fiasco

October 13, 2017 |

On the campaign trail, Donald Trump was clear about his view of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which delays the Islamic state from acquiring nuclear weapons for more than a decade in exchange for the lifting of draconian US-led sanctions on Iran.
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Opinion: The real risk in Trump’s Iran gambit

October 12, 2017 |

It’s still unclear whether Donald Trump’s expected decision to decertify the Iran nuclear deal will lead to the total collapse of the agreement. But the truth is that decertification is only half the story. The bigger threat to the deal is Trump’s apparent intention to ratchet up pressure in the region on Tehran. Doing so risks not only scuppering the agreement, but putting the United States and Iran on a collision course that could result in outright conflict.
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Opinion: The world cannot ignore the plight of Rohingya Muslims

September 28, 2017 |

The Rohingya Muslims, an ancient community in Myanmar and currently the largest group of stateless people in the world, have been at risk for decades.
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