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The Last Temptation of Barack Obama and John Kerry

Foreign Policy Magazine AARON DAVID MILLER As we enter the last year of Barack Obama’s presidency, Mideast watchers might have begun 2016 convinced that the current administration was done with the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Who wouldn’t reach that conclusion? The gaps on the core issues and the mistrust between Israeli …

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Pakistan reassures Saudi Arabia of support

Asia Times M.K. BHADRAKUMAR The day-long visit to Islamabad by the powerful Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Defence Minister Mohammed bin Salman on Sunday helped Pakistan to fine-tune its perspective on the rapidly changing Gulf politics. Salman met Pakistani army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The …

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Afghanistan and the Taliban need Pakistan for peace

Al Jazeera Barnett Rubin If the talks are to lead to anywhere, meetings must include representatives who can deliver results on the ground In the latest attempt to find a solution to the nearly 38-year-old war in Afghanistan, diplomats from Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United States, and China will meet in …

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DARK SHADOWS: Recent arrests reveal the extent of the Islamic State’s presence in Pakistan

Newsweek Pakistan AAMIR IQBAL In Pakistan, even a shadow of I.S. would not be allowed,” Gen. Raheel Sharif, Pakistan’s Army chief, told the Royal United Services Institute for Defense and Security Studies in London in October. Concerns over the Islamic State group’s presence in Pakistan have gained immediacy after the …

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A system to protect migrants

Arab News PETER D. SUTHERLAND The Mediterranean migration crisis has delivered two critical lessons. First, Europe and the international community have grossly inadequate systems for protecting vulnerable migrants. Second, in the absence of such systems, populist leaders will prey on fear to gain political support, undermining the liberal, tolerant societies …

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Pakistan to present list of Taliban open to peace talks

Washington Post Lynne O’Donnell Pakistan will present a list of Taliban willing to negotiate with Kabul at a four-nation meeting this week aimed at reviving the Afghan peace process, an Afghan official said Sunday. Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States are scheduled to meet in Islamabad on Monday to …

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Fear and Loathing in Saudi Arabia

Foreign Policy Magazine KENNETH M. POLLACK   Saudi royals are scared about everything from the rise of Iran to the drop in oil prices. And Washington telling them to calm down only makes them angrier. The true surprise about the Saudi-Iranian contretemps over the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr is that …

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Pakistan Mulls Status Upgrade For Gilgit-Baltistan Region

Newsweek Pakistan Pakistan is mulling upgrading the constitutional status of the Gilgit-Baltistan region, which is also claimed by India, in a bid to provide legal cover to a multi-billion-dollar Chinese investment plan, officials said Thursday. The move could signal a historic shift in Pakistan’s position on the future of the …

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