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Hamas Still Finds Harbor in Turkey

June 9, 2016  •  The Weekly Standard

urkey is one or two meetings away from normalizing ties with Israel, Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told the media Tuesday. Ties between the two countries have been frosty since 2010, when Ankara sponsored a flotilla to the Gaza Strip, a territory held by the terrorist organization Hamas, in a bid to break the Israeli-led international blockade. Israeli commandos boarded one of the ships, leading to a confrontation that resulted in ten deaths.

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Putting Hezbollah 'Out of Business'

June 1, 2016  •  Washington Times

"After many years of sanctions targeting Hezbollah, today the group is in its worst financial shape in decades," stated Adam Szubin, the acting Treasury undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence before a congressional hearing last week. "And I can assure you that, alongside our international partners, we are working hard to put them out of business."

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The Sunni-Shi'ite Proxy War Heats Up

March 2016  •  Defense Dossier

Beneath the recent ferment of a highly volatile Middle East lies the region's deepest geopolitical fault line: the decades-long rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia. This modern-day contest, rooted in centuries of sectarian enmity, has been best described as the "new Middle East cold war." The U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 made that competition a defining feature of the region's geopolitics. It has since been spurred on by the so-called "Arab Spring" and the ensuing civil wars in Yemen and Syria. And as unrest has spread, both sides have supported their sectarian allies, elevating previously local conflicts to zero-sum grudge matches in a series of increasingly dangerous proxy wars.

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After Abbas, Le Déluge in the Palestinian Authority

Spring 2016  •  inFocus Quarterly

Palestinian leaders in the West Bank refer to the wave of terror currently gripping Israel as a haba sha'abiya, or a "popular outburst." The imagery suggests that the terror wave is widespread yet temporary, violent but not catastrophic. It's a way for Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, to acknowledge current public sentiment while avoiding terms likeintifada, which connotes a long-term campaign with his complicity.

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Turkey Has Been Reckless, Repressive and Unreliable

March 29, 2016  •  New York Times

When then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan last visited Washington in 2013, he received the full "valued ally" treatment, including an appearance with President Obama in the White House Rose Garden.

Not this time. Now president, Erdogan will insteadmeet with Vice President Biden this week, which is the diplomatic equivalent of a handshake after a romantic date.

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