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Hamas, Fatah peace parlay rife with problems

By Shoshana Bryen WASHINGTON, D.C. — After weeks of Egyptian-sponsored pre-talks, and a very short “cabinet meeting” in Gaza, “formal reconciliation talks” are now being held between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority (P.A. or Fatah) in Cairo under the direct auspices of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. For some Middle East-watchers, the talks are a form […]

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Iran’s military buildup is full throttle

By Shoshana Bryen WASHINGTON, D.C. — The clock appears to be ticking on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA); more than some may think, less than others may hope. Whatever President Donald Trump decides to do with the unsigned, unratified, unagreed-upon text of the untreaty, it should be clear that the agreement did not […]

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Iran’s challenge should be addressed immediately

By Shoshana Bryen WASHINGTON, D.C. — In his televised address on the future of American operations in Afghanistan, President Donald Trump took a sharp turn from his predecessors. I share [the American people’s] frustration over a foreign policy that has spent too much time, energy, money, and most importantly lives, trying to rebuild countries in our […]

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U.S. underwrites Iran’s expansion in Lebanon

By Shoshana Bryen WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States persists in treating Lebanon as if it were a country.  Congress provides U.S. military assistance to the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and trains the LAF’s officers.  And now we’re fighting alongside the LAF, apparently to oust ISIS from encampments inside Lebanon, where they have moved across […]

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Iran gaining in air, sea power

  By Shoshana Bryen WASHINGTON, D.C. — We have been looking in the wrong direction. While the West was hoping temporarily to check Iran’s nuclear aspirations, Iran was making plans to advance on the ground and in the water — and the plans are unfolding nicely. For Iran. After the U.S. withdrew from Iraq in […]

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Reading into State Department readouts

By Shoshana Bryen WASHINGTON, D.C. — Following high-level meetings with foreign leaders, the U.S. State Department issues a “readout,” an official statement to cover and characterize the event. This week, Jared Kushner, assistant to the president, and Jason Greenblatt, special representative for international negotiations, met with Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud […]

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Skepticism due P.A. on promise to stop aid to terrorists

By Shoshana Bryen WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump’s straight talk about veneration of violence in Palestinian society has had important consequences.  It was the catalyst for Norway and Denmark to disassociate from the Palestinian Authority (P.A.) habit of naming public spaces for terrorists. UNRWA, the Red Crescent (UAE), and the U.N. secretary general have […]

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Op-Ed: U.S. withdrawal from Paris pact makes sense

By Shoshana Bryen WASHINGTON, D.C. — If you’re looking for American ingenuity and technological prowess to help resolve the climate issues that face the world, the Paris Climate Pact is not for you.  The pact is a voluntary agreement among countries including the world’s worst polluters (this is axiomatic, since only Nicaragua and Syria are […]

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Drip by drip world rejects P.A. violence

By Shoshana Bryen WASHINGTON, D.C. — In the movie, the Allied commandos sneak through Nazi-occupied Yugoslavia to the bridge they were assigned to blow up. After the requisite setbacks, our heroes enter the internal machinery of a dam upstream of the bridge and detonate their explosives. Then… nothing. Unperturbed, the explosives expert says, “Wait. It is […]

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Punishment as a foreign policy tool

By Shoshana Bryen WASHINGTON, D.C. — The goal of American foreign policy should be to make our friends more secure and our adversaries less secure. The balance of countries then have to decide how they want to position themselves. A successful policy will have tactical goals that fit into a larger strategic picture. The American […]

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Op-Ed: Syria’s use of chemical weapons defied Russia

  By Shoshana Bryen and Stephen Bryen WASHINGTON, D.C. — It is hard to explain why Bashar Assad used nerve gas — probably Sarin — in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in Syria’s northern Idlib province. On the surface, at least, it would seem to be a totally counterproductive and reckless move likely to anger the […]

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U.S. should take note of tumult in Russia

By Shoshana Bryen WASHINGTON, D.C. — For all the hyperbole in Washington about Russian hacking, Russian disinformation, Russian influence, and Russian espionage, the really remarkable events in Russia over the weekend appear barely to have registered. One hundred years after the assassination of the last Czar, and two-and-a-half decades after the fall of the communist […]

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Two states? One state? How about a federation?

By Shoshana Bryen WASHINGTON, D.C. — The so-called “two-state solution,” to subdivide the land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea between independent Israel and independent Palestine, fails the tests of logic and history. And it ignores the Kingdom of Jordan – whose participation is required for any stable, long-term arrangement. There are presently three […]

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Arab – Israeli relations due for a reset

By Shoshana Bryen WASHINGTON, D.C. — The optics, certainly, were fine. It was good to see an American president and an Israeli prime minister standing together on the podium with what appeared to be genuine good will. Most important, and promising for the future, perhaps, was how they dealt with the “two state solution” mantra. There […]

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