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Iran—Iraq’s Unavoidable Neighbor and America’s Bitter Pill

It would be prudent for American policymakers to focus not on dismantling Iran’s hold on Iraq but rather on diluting its influence. One of the most ironic and adverse strategic outcomes of the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq was the elimination of Saddam Hussein’s Baathist regime and the …

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Trilateral Masks Hidden Differences

Hugo Von Essen President Vladimir Putin’s recent visit to Pyongyang could create challenges in bilateral relations with Beijing. On Tuesday, June 18, Putin made his first official trip to North Korea since 2000 for talks with his fellow autocrat Kim Jong Un. The visit is Putin’s fourth foreign …

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Inside Iran’s Quds Day Celebration of October 7

The Islamic Republic’s officials and representatives of proxy forces celebrated Hamas and mourned IRGC generals killed in an Israeli strike. In April, the Islamic Republic of Iran once again marked the last Friday of the month of Ramadan as Quds Day. Since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the Iranian …

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Jordanian Parliamentary Elections 2024: Islamist Surge Amid Shifting Electoral Landscape

The upcoming Jordanian parliamentary elections, scheduled for September 10, 2024, will take place against the backdrop of a complex and evolving electoral system. According to the latest information, the 130-seat House of Representatives will consist of 115 members elected through open list proportional representation from 23 constituencies of …

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Donald Trump vs. Joe Biden: Will the ‘Historic’ Debate Be a Dud?

When Joe Biden and Donald Trump square off on June 27, it will be the first time in history that a sitting president and a former one participate in a debate. But will there be anything else historic about it? When Joe Biden and Donald Trump square off on June …

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Yes, the Houthis Could Hit a U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier with a Missile

No defensive umbrella is perfect. It is plausible that the Houthis could sneak an antiship cruise or ballistic missile or drone past aircraft carrier USS Eisenhower’s escorts and the carrier’s own point defenses. But sinking an aircraft carrier is another matter. Summary and Key Points: Rumors that Houthi …

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What Does Benny Gantz Want for Israel?

When Benny Gantz quit Israel’s emergency wartime cabinet, on June 9th, he did so with some political mudslinging. He and two of his colleagues in the centrist National Unity Party had joined Benjamin Netanyahu’s government immediately after the Hamas-led attacks of October 7th, “even though we knew it …

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The media’s great awokening is alienating the masses

When I was a cub reporter working at the Washington Post a half-century ago, being a journalist was first and foremost a craft. I once tried to slip my opinion into an article, but my editor wrote on the copy that ‘nobody gives a shit what you think’. …

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National Conservatism and American Conservatism Join Issue

In The Claremont Review of Books winter 2023/24 issue, the magazine’s editor Charles Kesler published “National Conservatism vs. American Conservatism.” Siding with American conservatism, Kesler offered a respectful critique of National Conservatism, a transnational movement that embraces citizens of several Western nations, many of whom Kesler counts as …

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