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Brent E. Sasley

Observers accuse Netanyahu of using his recent speech to the U.S. Congress to drum up support in the upcoming Israeli election. But even there, his talk will probably matter very little.

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John B. Judis

The Democratic and Republican divide over Israel may be at its worst, but bipartisan support for Israel began to erode decades ago.

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Lisa Goldman

Commentators are arguing about whether Netanyahu is damaging Israel’s security by alienating Obama. It seems unlikely that the White House will cut back on military aid or stop vetoing anti-Israel legislation at the UN.

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Geoffrey Howard

ISIS is no longer just an Iraq and Syria problem. For months now, the terrorist group has been pushing into Libya as well.

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Reza Marashi

To avoid another failed round of nuclear negotiations with Tehran, Washington must understand why Iran is at the negotiating table.

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Benedetta Berti and Zack Gold

At a rally for Hamas in Gaza, a spokesman for the group warned that the continued blockade on the area “will push Hamas to carry out actions which could be described as crazy.” When it comes to Hamas, such rhetoric is par for the course—except for one thing: the target of the group's threat was not Israel. Demonstrators were there to protest Egyptian policies.

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Piotr Zalewski

In Turkey, the government and judiciary are using blasphemy laws to justify censorship.

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@pedestrian

In Iran, mass urbanization, increasing access to social media, and a more secular public space (despite propaganda otherwise) have made finding potential mates leagues more complicated.

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Claire Sadar

Many suspect Erdogan of taking Turkey in an Islamist direction. But his real objective is a different kind of state: a secular autocracy more similar to Russia than Iran.

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Conor Seyle

Governments have traditionally combatted piracy with brute military force. More recently, however, states have opted for a different approach and seen surprising success.

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