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Fearing and Loathing a Biden Presidency?
CMED Research Fellow Eric Bordenkircher argues in his Times of Israel blog that U.S. allies in the Middle East are viewing the Biden Presidency with skepticism and concern. He believes Biden's association with the Obama administration, the former VP's comments, and proposed policies are disconcerting for traditional regional allies. Eric writes that the recent normalization of relations between Israel and the UAE, Bahrain, and Sudan may have been partially motivated by the possibility of a Biden presidency in 2021.
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 READ MORE
Webinar Summary Report: New Relations, New Policies, and the Challenges Facing Palestinians and Israelis
On October 22, 2020, CMED hosted an online event with speakers Ibrahim Dalalsha, a Palestinian political consultant based in Ramallah, and Ehud Yaari, an Israeli Middle East TV commentator and analyst. They delved into the evolving Israeli-Palestinian and Arab-Israeli relationships following the recent "Abraham Accord" normalization agreement between Israel, UAE, and Bahrain. Read the re-cap of this timely event here.
Thursday, November 12, 2020 READ MORE
PANEL: Let's Talk about Lebanon: A Discussion on Lebanon's Unique Political Bind
On October 28, 2020 this webinar was presented by Relief For the Middle East, a joint-initiative co-founded UNICEF and UCLA that aims to raise awareness for the crises affecting Yemen and Lebanon. This panel features CMED research fellow Dr. Eric Bordenkircher's insights on the current political and economic situation in Lebanon (at 1:01:04).
Should the US Support Saudi Arabia's Intervention in Yemen?
CMED Research Fellow Eric Bordenkircher argues that Joe Biden either ignores or has simply forgotten the significance of US involvement in Yemen. Saudi security concerns, nuclear proliferation, and the US-Saudi alliance are inextricably linked. Biden's former boss, Barack Obama, noted this to The Atlantic in 2015: “The protection that we provide as [the Gulf countries'] partner is a far greater deterrent that they could ever hope to achieve by developing their own nuclear stockpile."
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 READ MORE
Why It's So Hard To Fix Lebanon's Broken Government
In The National Interest, CMED Research Fellow Eric Bordenkircher writes that Lebanon's fractured social and political environment is preventing a change in the status quo. He argues that Lebanon will not dramatically change for the better or for the worse because of its fractured nature.
Joe Biden's Iran Strategy Is Betting Big On The Wrong U.S. Allies
In The National Interest, CMED Research Fellow Eric Bordenkircher argues that "Biden's strategy for addressing the Iran nuclear issue and Iranian regional behavior is tantamount to putting the cart in front of the horse. It is problematic for two reasons. Biden and his advisors presuppose the interests of allies and are concerned with the wrong allies."
Biden Must Not Reprise Obama's Middle East Policy
CMED Research Fellow Eric Bordenkircher argues that history has not been kind to President Barack Obama's policies in the Middle East. After a thorough analysis of the behavior and rhetoric of the Obama administration, Eric concludes that Obama's major decisions and policies proved to be ineffective or harmful to the region and U.S. interests. Ultimately, Obama poorly managed the region and U.S. relations with the region.
Joe Biden's Turkey Comments Are Bad News For U.S. Middle East Allies
In The National Interest, CMED Research Fellow Eric Bordenkircher argues that Joe Biden is in dire need of a relationship coach for the Middle East. Dr. Bordenkircher explains how Biden's approach to US-Turkish relations, specifically, is a textbook example of what not to do with a Middle Eastern ally.
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 READ MORE
Diaries reveal overwhelmed British officials in Palestine wanted to go home
In an exclusive article of the Times of Israel, CMED Senior Fellow Steve Zipperstein reveals diary entries of Sir John Chancellor and Sir Harry Charles Luke, who led Mandatory Palestine from 1928-1931. Chancellor and Luke's meticulous diaries recorded their observations and commentary on the conflict between Palestinian Arab nationalism and Zionism. Some sarcastic, exasperated entries show they were appalled by Arab violence and repulsed by Jewish ‘arrogance' and espionage, heralding today's conflict in the region.
Saturday, June 13, 2020 READ MORE
How to cancel annexation? Make a win-win deal that's better
In The Times of Israel, CMED Senior Fellow Steve Zipperstein outlines various international deals that could be pursued in order to ultimately cancel Israeli annexation of 30 percent of the West Bank, a plan recently announced by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The Palestinians, regional states and the West could make these moves in a quid pro quo that improves the position of everyone involved.
Thursday, June 11, 2020 READ MORE
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