Jonathan Schanzer
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Jerusalem Is Already Israel's Capital. Trump Just Made it Official.

December 7, 2017  •  Fortune

Unrest is spreading across the Middle East. Anti-American protests have erupted in Jordan, Egypt, Bahrain, Turkey, the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and beyond. The State Department has issued a worldwide warning for U.S. citizens. And it's all because U.S. President Donald Trump said he intends to move the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Trump has really stepped in it this time, pundits warn. But has he?

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US Treasury takes on terrorism: Non-kinetic warfare that works

November 6, 2017  •  The Hill

America's foreign policy challenges are mounting. From North Korea and Iran to ISIS and Russia, the news cycle churns with reports of new threats and new concerns.

President Donald Trump has called for an increase in defense spending. Congress went even further than Trump expected, in recognition of the challenges that lie ahead. But somehow, Congress and the administration may be poised to cut funds from an office on the front line of America's most important battles: the U.S. Treasury.

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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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