• External Readings

    Biden (and Putin)’s nostalgia for the Cold War

    Dec 8, 2021Marwan Bishara

    Over the past 10 years, American and European reactions to the Arab Spring have demonstrated why Western democracies cannot be trusted with the cause of democr…

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    Systematic Discrimination and Fragmentation as Key Barriers to Palestinian Health and Healthcare

    Dec 1, 2021Medical Aid for Paestine

    We would like to encourage you to read the latest paper by Medical Aid for Palestine (MAP). Their new position paper describes how systematic discrimination an…

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    Why Iran may become a latent nuclear state

    Nov 29, 2021Marwan Bishara

    As the negotiations to salvage the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement resume in Vienna, it is a déjà vu all over again. The United States warns of crippling sanctions…

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    Israeli hyperbole: The art of deception

    Nov 9, 2021Marwan Bishara

    Israeli hyperbole is as old as the Israeli state. It is tautological, serving as the raison d’être and modus operandi of Israel, the garrison state. It is farc…

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    Pyrrhic victories ring hollow in the Middle East

    Oct 25, 2021 Marwan Bishara

    Over the past half a century, the Greater Middle East has witnessed more war than any other region. Even when violent conflicts subsided in much of the world a…

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    Will Trump run again … and win?

    Oct 4, 2021Marwan Bishara

    The fear and rage that gripped the US capital under the presidency of Donald Trump have left the country in peril, its democracy ill, and its immunity weak. Tr…

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    The Biden-Bennett summit: A US-Israeli reset?

    Aug 25, 2021Marwan Bishara

    This week’s US-Israeli summit will certainly be overshadowed by the Afghan fiasco. Less certain, however, is how US President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minis…

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    The US, the Taliban and the stunning defeat in Afghanistan

    Aug 16, 2021Marwan Bishara

    Last week’s turn of events in Afghanistan has been utterly shocking but hardly surprising. The Taliban’s blistering takeover of the country’s main cities was b…

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    The Feats, Fiats and Failures of American News Networks

    Feb 10, 2021Marwan Bishara

    The three main US news networks, CNN, Fox News and MSNBC, have enjoyed a roller-coaster ride over the past five years, thanks to one man, Donald J Trump. His p…

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    Saudi Arabia: Time to face the music

    Dec 9, 2020Marwan Bishara

    Participants at a regional security conference in Manama over the weekend must have been surprised to see former Saudi intelligence chief Prince Turki Al-Faisa…

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    Trump vs Biden: And the winner is…?

    Oct 9, 2020Marwan Bishara

    The coronavirus pandemic and the Trump presidency that preoccupied the United States and much of the world this year have finally met face to face over the wee…

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    The End of the Saudi Era

    Sep 22, 2020Marwan Bishara

    The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's power is on a decline and not even Israel can change that.

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    The UAE and Israel: A Dangerous Liaison

    Aug 31, 2020Marwan Bishara

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been so enamoured with Israel that even before formalising their new bilateral agreement, they had started normalising relat…

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    The UAE makes peace with Israel’s war on the Palestinians

    Aug 14, 2020Marwan Bishara

    After years of informal normalisation, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has finally reached a formal "peace agreement" with Israel that paves the way for a strat…

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    Beware of the looming chaos in the Middle East

    Aug 3, 2020Marwan Bishara

    If you thought the Middle East has hit rock bottom and may finally emerge intact from a decade of upheaval and conflict, think again.

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    Trump is losing it

    Jun 22, 2020Marwan Bishara

    Marwan Bishara writes that Trump is using psychological warfare against his detractors and that those celebrating his defeat prematurely should beware of his d…

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    The plague: Searching for meaning

    May 5, 2020Marwan Bishara

    It may be premature to take stock of the coronavirus pandemic or make sense of it while it is still going on. But how we confront this calamity and what we lea…

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    Israel after Netanyahu?

    Sep 19, 2019Marwan Bishara

    No leader of a national unity government in Israel will be willing, let alone capable of, taking any serious step towards peace

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    The logic behind US humiliation of the Palestinians

    Apr 24, 2019Marwan Bishara

    The Trump administration has launched an all-out diplomatic assault on the Palestinians, while preparing a new initiative to resolve the Middle East conflict.