Moving Beyond The Quartet

The report that was recently released by the Middle East Quartet – comprised of the United States, Russia, the European Union, and the United Nations – is a welcome step. The report reiterates the importance of reaching a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians on the basis of a two-state solution. Perhaps most crucially,…

July 7, 2016 Read more

Is Trump a New Kind of Fascist?

This is a guest article by Dr. Sam Ben-Meir, professor of philosophy at Eastern International College. His current research focuses on environmental and business ethics. Donald Trump’s obscene demagoguery; his contemptuous regard for the first amendment, his desire to expand the authorities of the presidency (the awesome power of which has never been equal to…

June 16, 2016 Read more

Bernie Sanders And The French Initiative

Following the 2016 US presidential elections, the next administration must adopt a new and realistically balanced policy toward Israel and the Palestinians to bring an end to their conflict in the context of a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace based on the Arab Peace Initiative. Throughout the primary campaign, only Senator Bernie Sanders had a position on…

June 8, 2016 Read more

Deradicalization In Refugee Camps And Beyond

The influx of millions of Syrian refugees to Europe is more than likely to become another source of radicalization that could increase the number of violent extremists among the refugees and lead to further acts of terror in their host countries. Depending on how long the refugees stay in camps and the way they are…

May 19, 2016 Read more

How Turkey Became A De Facto Dictatorship

Cartoon by Sam Ben-Meir The forced resignation of Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu suggests only one thing—President Erdogan, who is totally absorbed by his lust for power, will tolerate no one in his government to deviate from any of his political positions. Prime Minister Davutoğlu was no exception. Although the Turkish constitution grants the Prime…

May 12, 2016 Read more

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Breaking the Deadlock

By Alon Ben Meir, Professor at New York University, Expert on Middle-East Politics, specializing in negotiations and conflict resolution And Gilles Pargneaux, Member of the European Parliament, Vice-president of the delegation with Mashrek Countries The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has rarely been so far from finding a resolution. Since the cessation of hostilities between Israel and Hamas…

May 3, 2016 Read more

The Global Crisis Of Leadership

A question often raised is: are leaders a reflection of their time, or are they individuals who rise to answer the call of the hour? History has shown that many have risen to the occasion out of strong moral conviction. The events and the circumstances at the time were such that acting or failing to…

April 21, 2016 Read more

Saudi Arabia—A Kingdom In Retreat

Illustration by Sam Ben-Meir The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which was once at the front and center of the Arab world and a significant player on the global stage due to its oil riches, has been steadily losing its regional influence and prominent role. In recent years, Saudi Arabia has been confronted with multiple challenges…

April 15, 2016 Read more

The Palestinian Leadership…To Where?

An open letter to President Mahmoud Abbas, Hamas Political Chief Khaled Meshal, and Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh Cartoon by Sam Ben-Meir Dear President Abbas, Mr. Meshal, and Prime Minister Haniyeh, I am writing this open letter to you because I believe that it’s time for you to take a hard look at the dismal reality…

April 7, 2016 Read more
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