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It's not just the EU that needs to scrutinize Qatar's influence campaigns

December 19, 2022  •  Politico Europe

Last weekend, Belgian police arrested European Parliament Vice President Eva Kaili. They are now investigating at least 10 other European Union employees and officials, and authorities have further confiscated up to €750,000 in cash, which EU officials reportedly accepted as bribes.

All this reportedly stems from efforts by the tiny Gulf emirate of Qatar to buy influence in Brussels. But this EU scandal is hardly the only indication of Qatar's efforts to do so worldwide.

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Neither Here Nor There: Jordan and the Abraham Accords

December 9, 2022  •  FDD Research Memo

The Middle East witnessed remarkable change in August and September 2020 with the Abraham Accords. It began with decisions taken by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain to enter into peace agreements with Israel. Sudan and Morocco followed soon thereafter.[1] Seemingly overnight, a rare sense of optimism washed over the Middle East.

These agreements were certainly not the first of their kind. In 1979, Egypt made peace with Israel. In 1993, the Palestinians entered the Oslo diplomatic process with Israel, initiating more than a decade of attempted peacemaking. In 1994, Jordan made its own peace with Israel.

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The Quiet War between Israel and Iran

December 2, 2022  •  Middle East Quarterly

A major war has been underway for a decade in the Middle East though it infrequently makes headlines. Month after month, week after week, and night after night, the Israelis have operated across the region against the Islamic Republic of Iran in what the Israeli government calls "the-war-between-wars" (or "the-campaign-between-wars").

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What is missing from America's China policy? Skin in the Game

December 1, 2022  •  Washington Examiner

Democrats and Republicans may agree on the threats associated with the rise of China. But Washington is abysmal at helping America's allies navigate this new great power competition. Washington has consistently failed to compete for the infrastructure bids it seeks to block China from winning. To add insult to injury, when China expectedly wins its bids, America comes down on its allies like a ton of bricks.

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Israel must reclaim its Arab citizens

November 18, 2022  •  Jerusalem Post

The rise of right-leaning candidates in Israel's November 1 election has been derided by a gaggle of breathless commentators, notably The New York Times' Thomas Friedman, lamenting the end of Israel as we once knew it. First, it should be noted that such prognostications are wildly premature; Israel's government has yet to be formed. Moreover, it's worth noting what these observers have until now ignored: the elections were heavily influenced by the 11-day war in May 2021, also known as Operation Guardian of the Walls.

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