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West's "Realism Deficit" in Nuclear Talks
Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
Deficit of realism is best defined as the result of unrealistic expectations and demands that are not in the realm of possible and, yet, these Western powers (mainly U.S.) insist on them as a precondition for reaching a final agreement.

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Egypt and "Democracy Dilemma"
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Masoud Rezaei
The principal objective of this paper is to describe and analyze the failure process of democratization in the Egypt after Mubarak regime. The article continues to give an overview over the current situation inside Egypt after the revolution and collects some evidence for a changed relationship between democracy and stability inside the country.

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Does Iran Control Iraq?
Monday, May 25, 2015

Graham E. Fuller
Saudi, Israeli and US neoconservative voices warn us tirelessly that Iran’s imperial sway has now come to dominate the governments of Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and now Yemen, and still threatens Bahrain. Analytically speaking such views are not just exaggerated, but misleading and dangerous, and have led to the recrudescence of ugly sectarian politics –Shi’ite vs Sunni—across large parts of the Middle East.

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Threat to Ancient Syrian City of Palmyra
Sunday, May 24, 2015

Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization (CHTHO) has sent letters to UNESCO and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), warning about the threat posed by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra.

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Thinking the Unthinkable: Coming to Grips with Islamic State
Friday, May 15, 2015

James M. Dorsey
Despite a year- long campaign of air strikes and ground attacks which incurred heavy losses Islamic State (IS) shows continued resilience. The US-led coalition’s alliances with militant groups and IS’ durability raise the spectre of jihadist groups becoming a more permanent fixture in the Middle East.

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Saudi Arabia—This is Leadership?
Thursday, May 14, 2015

Graham E. Fuller
President Obama has good reason to try to reassure GCC leaders this week at Camp David that America has not abandoned them; they represent an important economic force. But they cannot, as constituted, represent a positive force for leadership in the region.

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Strategic Confusion and Obama’s Hapless Persian Gulf Diplomacy
Thursday, May 14, 2015

Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett
Defying escalating rhetoric that Iran is “gobbling up the Middle East,” President Obama told the New York Times recently that “the biggest threat” to Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states may not come from Iran, but “from dissatisfaction inside their own countries.”  Yet, displaying how deeply mired in Washington hype his administration remains, Obama has called on GCC leaders to parade with him at Camp David this week as if Iran is their biggest threat.

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Nuclear Deal Will Brighten Middle East Prospects
Sunday, May 10, 2015

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
As the intense nuclear negotiations enter the crucial phase of drafting the final agreement ahead of the July deadline, speculations abound regarding the implications of this historic development for the broader Middle East, which is currently engulfed in multiple crises. Although the nuclear talks are focused on the strictly nuclear issue, as confirmed by the Iranian and U.S. negotiators, they have also used the opportunity to discuss the non-nuclear and regional issues on the sideline.

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NPT: New Opportunities and Obsolete Perceptions
Sunday, May 10, 2015

René Wadlow
In “Nuclear-weapon Non-proliferation and Global Order” I outlined the framework of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) and the role of the Review Conferences.  Here I will deal first with the evolution of the NPT Reviews and then turn to possible avenues for future action.

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Nuclear-Weapon Non-proliferation and Global Order
Saturday, May 9, 2015

René Wadlow
The Review Conference on the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) started at the United Nations in New York on 27 April and is planned to run until 22 May. It must be said that negotiations on general and complete disarmament under strict and effective international control must be being carried out in secret as they have escaped all notice, at least of this observer. However, we will look in the follow up at the evolution of the NPT since the first Review in 1975 and at the challenges ahead.

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