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Six priorities for diplomatic breakthroughs in 2022

  • Geopolitics in 2022 will continue to be defined by superpower rivalry between America, China and Russia, with potential for imminent conflict in Ukraine. Is the new year fated to repeat 2021’s disastrous failures of global leadership, evidenced by the catastrophic withdrawal from Afghanistan,...
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Voting for polarization and disunity in Libya

  • Is Libya set to erupt in flames all over again? It seems that its most prominent politicians and their foreign backers are doing their utmost to make it so. After a decade of conflict, Libya desperately needs reconciliation and de-escalation. Yet the nation’s two most divisive figures — Saif A...
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Iraq’s moment of truth in wake of attempt on PM’s life

  • There is no mystery about who tried to kill Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi. The target himself declared: “We know them very well and we will expose them.” Security sources confirmed that the perpetrators were Iran-backed paramilitaries. Al-Kadhimi should publicly name the perpetrators ...
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Amputating Lebanon from the Arab world grants victory to Iran

  • The dismissive retort of Lebanon’s ridiculous Foreign Minister Abdullah Bou Habib to GCC proposals for addressing the latest crisis was: “If they just want Hezbollah’s head on a plate, we can’t give them that.” Healso ludicrously blamed Saudi Arabia for Hezbollah flooding the Gulf sta...
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With Iran’s eastward shift, nuclear talks are dead in the water

  • Iran is taking Western nuclear negotiators for fools. The newly announced talks for reviving the 2015 nuclear deal are about running down the clock, while advancing nuclear capacities and neutralizing the impact of sanctions by enmeshing Iran’s economy with that of Asian neighbors. How do we kn...
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Factions who seek to dominate Lebanon will only destroy it

  • Nobody brings AK-47s and rocket-propelled grenades to a peaceful protest. Make no mistake, Hezbollah’s actions have steered Lebanon into these desperate straits, in its readiness to ignite the nation in flames to block investigation into its culpability for the Beirut port explosion. I have n...
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Hezbollah’s role in the global drugs trade — the West Africa connection

  • When Saudi Arabia banned the import of Lebanese produce in April because these shipments were being abused to smuggle narcotics into the Kingdom, Hezbollah found itself with a problem. Following the collapse of the Lebanese and Syrian economies, Assad family mafiosi and Hezbollah set about re...
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Iraqi voters have a rare chance to weaken Tehran’s grip

  • Pity the Iraqi people. Once again they are being called upon to vote for representatives who will never represent them, and public servants who have only ever served themselves. Most citizens probably won’t bother to vote, and who can blame them? However, no less than Iraq’s identity and sovere...
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US missteps embolden enemies and unnerve allies

  • Joe Biden was supposed to be the anti-Trump on the world stage — restoring the trust of allies, enhancing multilateralism, and calming tensions through cool-headed leadership. How did it all go so wrong? Perhaps the US president was straitjacketed into a hasty Afghan withdrawal by his prede...
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Message to Lebanon’s new Cabinet: Prove us all wrong

  • Never has it been more crucial to see our cynicism and ocean-floor-low expectations proved wholly incorrect. After endless wrangling, Lebanon’s government was put together in exactly the same way as all Lebanese governments before it — posts carved up among avaricious factions, and talk of “b...
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