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Support for Palestinians remains limited in Washington

  • The response among politicians and foreign policy experts in Washington to the recent Israeli-Palestinian violence demonstrates how the debate has shifted in recent years, while reaffirming that US policy continues to privilege Israeli interests. Official US statements have noted that the Bide...
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Biden moves foreign aid up the US priority list

  • On the day after Joe Biden’s inauguration as US president last month, the White House released its “National Security Memorandum 1.” The memo focused on steps to enhance US leadership in global efforts to combat the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and to strengthen global health security. The de...
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How new US administration will approach Syria conflict

  • As the conflict in Syria nears its 10-year anniversary, the new Biden administration in Washington must decide how to shape US policy on this issue. As the administration names people to key positions, it is becoming clear that President Joe Biden is likely to take a more engaged yet pragmatic ...
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Pandemic fuels uncertainty over global order’s future

  • U.S. President Donald Trump during a campaign rally in Battle Creek, Michigan, U.S., December 18, 2019. (Reuters) The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic will change many aspects of life, including the sociological, economic, health, environmental, and political trends and in...
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US public opinion against large-scale military engagements

  • US troops disembark from a Chinook helicopter in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan. (Reuters) The last few weeks have seen sudden changes in US military policy in the Middle East and Central Asia, with President Donald Trump calling off talks with the Taliban in September and then ab...
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Global views of the UN remain mostly positive

  • The annual meeting of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) wrapped up last week. While the UNGA’s power is quite limited, the meeting provides an important opportunity for the world’s countries to talk to each other, with each of the 193 member states having a chance to voice their views. Recent ye...
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US credibility threatened by refugee program cuts

  • The Trump administration is expected to soon announce how many refugees it may admit next year through the US refugee resettlement program. A Sept. 6 New York Times report said that US officials were considering options that might effectively end the resettlement program, with scenarios ranging...
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Reconstruction may be underway but Syria remains unstable

  • The Syria Reconstruction Exhibition will run until the 21st of this month. (Supplied) Syria’s fifth Reconstruction Exhibition kicked off in Damascus this week. Although fighting continues in some areas, primarily in Idlib, many Syrians and international observers are turning thei...
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Gulf states well positioned to benefit from BRI

  • China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks during the opening session of the Belt and Road Forum on Legal Cooperation at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on July 2, 2018. (File/Greg Baker / AFP) In late April, China hosted its second Belt and Road Forum for International Coop...
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Renewable energy on the rise in the Middle East

  • A solar farm in the UAE. (AFP/File) Solar photovoltaic (PV) technology is now “the most competitive form of power generation” in the Gulf, according to a report released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in Abu Dhabi last month. The report also noted that Gulf Coopera...
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