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Trump’s Ukraine Opportunity

Supporting a compromise on Ukraine aid and border protection seems more likely to yield electoral advantage for Donald Trump both immediately and in the long term. With prospects for a Senate border compromise looking increasingly murky amid opposition from former President Donald Trump, further substantial U.S. military assistance …

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What is Tower 22, the site of a deadly drone attack on US troops in Jordan?

Little is publicly known about the base near the country’s borders with both Syria and Iraq Three US troops were killed and dozens wounded after a drone hit a military outpost in Jordan known as Tower 22 on Sunday. Here is what is known about the base: Location …

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Three US service members killed in Jordan drone attack, Biden says

The US military says three killed, at least 25 others injured in the attack on US forces in northeastern Jordan. Three US service members have been killed and at least 25 others wounded in a drone attack in northeast Jordan near the Syrian border, the United States military …

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Islamic Resistance says it attacked US positions along Syria-Jordan border early Sunday

The Islamic Resistance in Iraq, an umbrella group for several Iran-backed militias in the country, said it attacked a number of places along the Jordan-Syria border Sunday — including a camp near the US base in Jordan where soldiers were killed today. The camp, Al-Rukban, is in close …

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Reconstructing the Istanbul Accords

The negotiations between Russia and Ukraine in Spring 2022 never had a chance, and their course revealed profound differences between Moscow and Kyiv. The Istanbul Accords have reached a mythic status in segments of the non-interventionist commentariat with whom I usually agree. Numerous thinkers whom I greatly esteem—Alexander …

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Only Regional Cooperation Can Resolve the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

The future of the Middle East depends not only on the integrity of borders but also on our ability to take a leap of faith and forge a shared regional vision. The intense fighting in Gaza following the October 7 attack by Hamas is still ongoing. More than …

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Paperless China?

China is considered to have been the first country (civilization) to have created the modern version of paper. Paper is listed as one among the four big Chinese inventions (the other three are the compass, gun powder and printing). Perhaps it will be the first country to “dis-invent” …

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The “Untied” States of America: No Longer Just a Typo

Americans’ willingness to work with each other and to learn from one another is becoming ever more deficient. I have a confession to make: In the age before automated spelling error corrections, I inadvertently used to mistype the words “United States” quite regularly. I accidentally ended up typing …

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Five reasons American decline appears irreversible

Republican presidential candidates often warn that America is declining, and that only they can stop its demise. Former President Donald Trump believes that the national decline halted during his term in office and will stop again when he is reelected. But five unmistakable signs of American decline have …

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