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Netanyahu's Win

March 21, 2015  •  World Affairs Journal

The Israeli electorate has spoken. After a bitterly acrimonious political campaign, and an election on March 17th that saw the highest voter turnout (72.3 percent) in recent memory, Prime Minister Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu has received a reinvigorated mandate to govern. That outcome was almost completely unexpected. On the morning of election day, conventional wisdom in both the US and Israel was that the center-left Zionist Union (ZU) bloc would be the runaway winner, routing Netanyahu's Likud Party and ushering in a new era in Israeli politics. By that afternoon, the polls had tightened into a virtual dead heat between Likud and the ZU, leading one observer to wryly comment that "trying to be an expert in Israeli politics is hazardous to your professional health." By the following morning, Netanyahu had scored a stunning come-from-behind victory to claim an unprecedented fourth term as prime minister.

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Congress Must Derail Obama's Iran Debacle

March 18, 2015  •  The National Interest

You wouldn't know it from the mainstream media, but President Obama has an Iran problem. His administration has wagered – and wagered big – on the idea of a nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic. But the effort is increasingly unpopular, and a hard sell among the American electorate.

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Morocco's Counterterrorism Moment

March 11, 2015  •

The summit on countering violent extremism convened by the Obama administration last month was a lavish affair, full of pomp and circumstance and awash in foreign dignitaries. But substantive strategies for combatting radical ideologies, particularly those of Islamist groups, were far less in evidence. That's surprising, given the efforts that some of America's most stalwart allies in the Muslim world are making in this fight. In this regard, none are more notable than the Kingdom of Morocco, which has erected a formidable "soft-power" strategy against Islamic radicalism over the past decade.

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SYMPOSIUM: How Dangerous Is Vladimir Putin?

Winter 2015  •  The International Economy

With the likes of the Islamic State's self-declared caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in the running, the competition is stiff indeed. But it would be fair to say that Russian President Vladimir Putin currently ranks as one of the world's most dangerous men. This might come as a surprise to some American policymakers, who believe that better Russian behavior is just a matter of time. After all, they point out, several rounds of Western sanctions in the past year have put a serious crimp on Russian business. More significant still, the plummeting price of world oil has sent the country's energy-dependent economy into a tailspin.

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The Message Behind Nemtsov's Murder

March 3, 2015  •  U.S. News & World Report

Russia's political opposition has been put on notice. The Feb. 27 murder of prominent opposition leader Boris Nemtsov just steps from the Kremlin marks a dramatic escalation of the Russian regime's long-running war on its opponents. Nemtsov, after all, wasn't merely a dissenting politician. He was part of the old system, having served as a deputy prime minister in the government of President Boris Yeltsin in the late 1990s. Beginning in the early 2000s, Nemtsov had moved into the political opposition, emerging as a critic of Yeltsin's successor, Vladimir Putin, and his policies. Even so, his position as a member of Yeltsin's inner circle had given him a degree of immunity from official retribution. Until now. Nemtsov's murder marks the end of impunity for former government officials who have fallen out of favor with Putin's government. And it proves that truly no one is safe from the reach of the current regime.

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