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Ending America's Paralyzed Iran Policy

October 11, 2017  •  The Atlantic

President Donald Trump is taking considerable heat for his expected announcement this week that he will "decertify" the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Critics say he is heedlessly discarding a deal that has been working, and needlessly putting America on a collision course with Iran.

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How Washington Can Counter the Rise of Hezbollah

September 29, 2017  •  Foreign Affairs

Hezbollah, the Lebanese militia and political party, is now the most powerful actor in Lebanon. Since 2006, Hezbollah's last declared conflict with Israel, the group has amassed military hardware to rival that of a formal standing army and evolved into Lebanon's most important political power broker. For those who view Hezbollah as a destabilizing force, with links both to terrorism and to Iran, the question is how best to counter this rise.

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

September 23, 2017  •  New York Post

The Trump administration sent shock waves through Cairo last month when it denied Egypt almost $100 million in military and economic assistance. The Senate followed up by slashing military assistance another $300 million. American decision-makers want to nudge Egypt to improve its record on democracy and human rights.

Fine. But with the stakes in the Mideast sky-high these days, America can't afford to jeopardize an alliance that has been one of its most critical in the region for the past 40 years. Remember: Egypt has strong ties with Israel, takes a no-nonsense stance against Islamist violence and has helped fight the Islamic State.

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How Do Palestinians Define "Terrorism"?

September 12, 2017  •  Wall Street Journal

The Taylor Force Act is gathering momentum in Congress. Named for a West Point graduate who was stabbed to death by a Palestinian during a 2016 trip to Israel, the bill would cut American aid to the Palestinian Authority until it takes "credible steps to end acts of violence" and stops paying stipends to convicted terrorists. The legislation recently passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee with rare bipartisan support, and last week Sen. Lindsey Graham attached it to the 2018 Foreign Operations budget, all but guaranteeing it will go into effect next year.

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Trump's right: It's time to end the timetables for Afghanistan

August 22, 2017  •  The Hill

The long slog in Afghanistan just got longer. But at least this time we are not certain that the war will end in an American defeat.

The president's speech Monday night made it clear that the Obama administration's non-strategy of a planned exit was no longer an option in Afghanistan. Trump refuses to allow Afghanistan to fall into the hands of the Taliban, the Haqqani network, Iran, or al Qaeda.

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