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U.S. Presidential elections  
The U.S. media are showing that the prospective 2016 presidential elections in the United States are a striking shift in tone and process from anything previously known. I don't believe that is true.

After a dramatic August, Lebanon may see a historic September  
August marked a dramatic moment in modern Lebanese history, when tens of thousands of ordinary citizens broke free from their sectarian political anchorage and challenged the state to perform more efficiently and equitably.

The many reasons why Lebanese are in the street  
The critically important new development here is that citizens are taking to the streets in their own individual capacity as citizens who demand their rights, and not only as members of one religious group or another who are sent to demonstrate by their leaders.

Food, fraternity and a suggestion for Tehran and Riyadh  
Saudi Arabia and Iran could lead a bold diplomatic process to shape a Gulf-centric, Middle Eastern regional security architecture that is modeled on the Helsinki Process of a generation ago between the American- and Soviet-led camps.

Regional war and a joyful August lunch chat  
A delightful lunch in which I disagree with the fundamental premise that our region is largely defined by the confrontation between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Syria’s fate risks repeating the catastrophe of 1920  
Just as Syria was created after World War One by negotiations among Western powers who decided the country’s composition and its leadership and power configuration, Syria today is being reconfigured in the image of other powers.

Free-trade treaties are anti-free trade  
We have never ever known a world of free trade. Protectionism has always been the dominant mode of economic relations between states.

Kuwait, GCC again signal regional Arab challenges  
Unless we figure out the exact balance between political issues and personal troubles that explain the behavior of ISIS true believers, we will probably have to live with this situation for many years.

Historic developments visible in Turkey-Syria  
The events Monday transcend domestic Turkish issues. In fact, they reflect the convergence of at least five important new trends in the Middle East that touch on Turkey, the Kurds, Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and the Mideast policies of the United States and other foreign and regional powers

Remembering Hiroshima, amidst hell in Syria  
Mass killings by weapons of mass destruction matter more than ever in the Arab world because we seem to be the world’s most problematic arena for mass killings, refugee flows, and the use of violence by states and non-state groups that is rarely if ever subject to any accountability.




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