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25th September 2017 – Tablet Magazine

Unless It Is Changed, UNIFIL’s Mandate Makes It a Boon for Hezbollah

Tony Badran

Unless It Is Changed, UNIFIL’s Mandate Makes It a Boon for Hezbollah

Nikki Haley is right to insist the UN group in Lebanon undergo some big changes. more...

24th September 2017 – Fox News

Why Trump’s economic moves against North Korea may do more to tame Kim than any insult

Anthony Ruggiero

Why Trump’s economic moves against North Korea may do more to tame Kim than any insult

China’s announcement Saturday that it would halt exports of some petroleum products to North Korea and stop importing textiles from the rogue nation is just the latest evidence that President Trump’s campaign to put economic pressure on North Korea is beginning to pay dividends. more...

22nd September 2017 – The New York Post

Stand up against these terror groups to bolster the US-Egypt alliance

Jonathan Schanzer

Stand up against these terror groups to bolster the US-Egypt alliance

There’s a way for the White House to demonstrate its support for Egypt in non-monetary terms. It can sanction two terrorist groups that continue to attack Egypt: Hasm and Liwaa al-Thawra. Such a move would send an important message to the people of Egypt and show America’s own commitment to fighting terror. more...

22nd September 2017 – Foreign Policy

A U.S. President Is Finally Speaking Up for the People of Iran

John Hannah

A U.S. President Is Finally Speaking Up for the People of Iran

While his lambasting of the nuclear deal garnered the greatest attention, it would be a mistake to overlook the president's extended focus on the plight of the Iranian people. It’s almost certainly significant — an important indicator of the administration’s future direction when it comes to Iran policy. more...

21st September 2017 – The Washington Post

Why is Turkey so disjointed over the Iraqi Kurds?

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

Why is Turkey so disjointed over the Iraqi Kurds?

Iraq’s Kurds are preparing to hold their referendum on independence on Sept. 25, and in Turkey anxieties are high. Ankara, headed by the iron-fisted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, officially opposes the plebiscite. The Turkish government has long feared Kurdish independence outside its borders lest it provoke similar aspirations within them. more...

20th September 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Regulators Struggling to Handle Illicit Finance Risks of Fintech Innovation

Yaya J. Fanusie

Earlier this month, China’s financial authorities issued a ban on Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), a crowdfunding method through which business ventures raise capital by selling newly-created cryptocurrencies to the public. more...

20th September 2017 – The Washington Times

The new Persian empire

Clifford D. May

The new Persian empire

Eleven years ago, Henry Kissinger famously said that Iran’s rulers must “decide whether they are representing a cause or a nation.” If the latter, Iranian and American interests would be “compatible.” As for the former: “If Tehran insists on combining the Persian imperial tradition with contemporary Islamic fervor, then a collision with America is unavoidable.” more...

20th September 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran Is Not in ‘Technical Compliance’ with the JCPOA

Tzvi Kahn

Iran Is Not in ‘Technical Compliance’ with the JCPOA

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declared on Sunday that Iran is in “technical compliance” with the 2015 nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). more...

19th September 2017 – The Hill

Trump rightly condemns Venezuela, but that’s just the beginning

Michaela Frai, Alex Entz

Trump rightly condemns Venezuela, but that’s just the beginning

More can be done to combat the increasing centralization of power and rampant corruption within the Venezuelan government. more...

19th September 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Israel Completes Largest Exercise in 20 Years, Setting Sights on Hezbollah

Alexandra N. Gutowski

Israel Completes Largest Exercise in 20 Years, Setting Sights on Hezbollah

Last Thursday, the Israel Defense Force (IDF) concluded its largest military exercise in nearly two decades. Operation Light of the Grain (“Or Hadagan”) simulated a Hezbollah offensive against Israel’s northern border. more...