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Gauging the July-August 2014 Gaza war
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sugarmeloncom/6253201716/in/photolist-awzi1G-i5nevt-LT8xk-9U7B4y-nN5egc-dC1y7a-8arHvh-anVKr6-4SFSsc-6ZyTiT-7YEs1W-awysWC-aWDHgP-6Cqp9S-6Cqpfd-6Cmh4i-4SL4wu-awzhBm-CDLaP-aWDKoK-jXhK1r-eNmxU3-6HLVLZ-jXihog-jXkVcn-9cW6r5-9cW7b7-9cT2Wi-6HRfVm-awyaCf-aWDK1D-awvLUz-awzbuy-awywDA-awKuYW-awKzp9-awky9z-awznA5-awvHnT-awyniJ-awkhbD-awwx8V-awvzfK-awyvhA-awwu54-awnRPj-awvwKc-awnx7y-awnBvW-awkRPr/ Jamil Hilal 22 August 2014
Discussing the situation in Gaza separately from that in the West Bank will not help to calm the frustrations and anger felt by Palestinians as they watch the disappearance of the meagre chances of ending the Israeli occupation and establishing an independent Palestinian state, and the lack of international concern for their rights. Th... more  
Gaza and the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood
Henry Siegman 21 August 2014
The slaughter of Palestinian civilians and the Dresden-like reduction to rubble of large parts of Gaza by Israel’s military forces in the name of its own citizens’ security has exposed the hypocrisy at the heart of Israel’s dealings with the Palestinians.  Israel’s claim to the right of self-defense in order to prevent its victims... more  
The Saudi succession and challenges facing Saudi Arabia
 riyadh by edward musiak by CC BY-SA 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/legalcode Michael Herb 19 August 2014
The senior leadership of Saudi Arabia has seen more upheaval in the past several years than in any period since the early 1960s. This has been accompanied by some perplexing policy decisions – such as the refusal of a United Nations Security Council seat – and a domestic crackdown on dissent. Putting all of this together, some observer... more  
After the Gaza war: what directions for Israel and Palestine?
Gaza by Julio Muñiz Padilla under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/legalcode Khalil Shikaki 19 August 2014
As efforts to stabilise the Gaza front in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict continue in Cairo, the impact of this third Gaza war on the larger conflict could be ominous. Coming just a few months after the collapse of U.S. efforts led by Secretary of State John Kerry to broker a permanent Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement, the future o... more  
To talk or not to talk? Abdullah Abdullah’s likely stance on negotiating with the Taliban
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kabulpublicdiplomacy/14678759020/in/photolist-9VcPPw-6c4fbh-anoNkQ-baCXqn-efFxEJ-efFxDS-omAU1h-oB4w2N-oCSH83-on7tE5-oDoFdm-on7HV8-oDkwn8-on6Pvr-oFkDvr-on63n3-on6hL2-oBy3Ws-oDnd7Q-oCmMQ9-oCmLB7-oEkgtr-om5wrh-om5UPm-ifQNMz-mRUYro-9S5RdE-mRUWjh-mRTn3t-mRUWbw-mRUWso-mRUX9U-mRUWdq-mRUWTd-mRTkED-mRUW4C-mRTanX-mRTkSc-mRUWWj-mRTaQv-85d4z1-mRTjW4-99nnpt-6eNRGo-mvSsaz-dRhX7H-4bCKs1-9VcPxS-9V9YCe-iyyHeK Bette Dam 18 August 2014
Until now, the painstakingly slow and heavily criticised attempts to negotiate peace in Afghanistan have involved mostly the Taliban, President Hamid Karzai and the U.S. This report suggests that the northern groups should not be forgotten in this process, many of whom are represented by the currently extremely powerful Dr Abdullah Abd... more  
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