Mar. 3, 2015 – Benjamin Netanyahu addresses Joint Meeting Of Congress (Getty)


Bibi’s False Choice

March 3, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants Congress to ask itself whether any agreement with Iran is a "good deal" or a "bad deal." But that's the wrong question.

"Buyer beware," argues Graham Allison. "Every serious analyst of this issue — including the prime minister — knows that this is a false dichotomy. In negotiations, a bad deal is by definition unacceptable."

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Mar. 3, 2015 – Barack Obama gives remarks on Netanyahu speech. (Getty)


For Netanyahu and Obama, Difference Over Iran Widened Into Chasm

January 8, 2015

A semantic difference has now widened into a strategic chasm that threatens to imperil the American-Israeli relationship for years to come, and to upend the most audacious diplomatic gamble by an American leader since President Richard M. Nixon’s opening to China.

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February 27, 2015

"Why Nigeria Matters to the World"

By Calestous Juma, Professor of the Practice of International Development; Director, Science, Technology, and Globalization Project; Principal Investigator, Agricultural Innovation in Africa

Nigeria is Africa's largest economy and 26th in the world. Its GDP stands at $510 billion with immense growth potential. A stable and peaceful Nigeria will contribute to Africa's rise and integration into the global economy. On the other hand, an unstable, stagnant and conflict-driven Nigeria will be a threat to regional and global stability.



February 26, 2015

"'Germany Is Out of the Danger Business'"

The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"In recent years, Germany has developed a modest military capability, but this is far from what it could be. The fact is that Germany is the only European country that has the potential to stand up to Vladimir Putin's Russia. Together with France, which thanks to Charles de Gaulle, did not have hang-ups about maintaining a strong military capability and equipped itself with an independent nuclear force, this could be a formidable check on a resurgent and hostile Russia."



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February 25, 2015

"Sisi's joint Arab military idea is stunningly idiotic"

Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s suggestion that our region needs a joint Arab military force to deal with escalating threats from armed factions in lands like Libya is one of the most ridiculous and non-credible ideas to emerge in the Arab world for many years. The idea of joint Arab action for common security needs is a good one in principle, but given the legacy of Arab military actions at home and abroad, it makes no sense whatsoever, on many counts."





March 2, 2015

"Bibi Blows Up the Special Relationship"

Foreign Policy

By Stephen M. Walt, Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Affairs; Faculty Chair, International Security Program

"...[A]nyone who questions the special relationship or the role the lobby plays in preserving it is still likely to be accused of anti-Semitism (if a gentile) or self-hatred (if Jewish). The special relationship has rested to some degree on intimidation, and as noted most people don't like being bullied. The question, therefore, is whether this flap will turn out to be an isolated incident or whether more people will begin to say what they really think."



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