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Biden’s Old Playbook Won’t End Israeli-Palestinian Violence

Further conflict is inevitable unless Washington ends Israel's impunity and includes Palestinians in its global democracy agenda.

Venezuelan migrants stay at the Divina Providencia migrant shelter in Cucuta, Colombia, on the border with Venezuela, on February 7, 2019.

Refugee-Run Organizations Deserve More Money

Governments tend to fund large humanitarian agencies, but small groups run by refugees are a better investment.

Heavy smoke and fire rise from Al-Sharouk tower as it collapses after being hit by an Israeli air strike, in Gaza City, on May 12, 2021.

Biden Stonewalls U.N. Concern Over Israeli-Palestinian Clashes

The United States, formerly the “honest broker,” must navigate political landmines at home and abroad to respond.

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Green-Lined Vision Is Blurring Reality in Israel-Palestine

Policymakers can no longer rely on an imaginary border that supposedly divides two states as a one-state reality takes shape on the ground.

Rockets are fired from Gaza City, controlled by the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, toward Israel on May 10.

What the Latest Fighting Between Israelis and Palestinians Means for Biden

The U.S. president had hoped to avoid getting entangled in the conflict. Then the shooting started.

An Indian soldier watches a British Royal Air Force Chinook helicopter at the United Nations' headquarters in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on May 9, 2000.

How Wars End

The shifting nature of war has made peacemaking more difficult. A new kind of back-channel diplomacy can help.

A demonstrator holds a Palestinian flag near an electoral billboard for the predominantly Arab Israeli electoral alliance, the Joint List, depicting Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu with a caption reading in Arabic "whom is he fooling?" in the mostly Arab city of Umm al-Fahm in northern Israel on March 12.

How Netanyahu Learned to Love Israeli Arab Parties

The prime minister who once presented Arab citizens and political leaders as a threat has legitimized them as potential coalition partners.

A man types on his smart phone in Iran.

Outdated U.S. Policies Are Helping Iran Censor Its Citizens

Unclear guidelines and fear of sanctions are stopping tech companies from selling products that would help Iranians access the internet freely and evade government surveillance.

The Iranian governor to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Kazem Gharib Abadi, leaves the venue of nuclear talks in Vienna, on April 6.

The Countdown to an Israeli War With Iran Has Begun

If Biden returns to the Iran nuclear deal, don't be surprised if Israel takes matters into its own hands.

Israeli security forces patrol outside the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City on April 24.

Washington Has Enabled Israeli Extremism

Failure to condemn anti-Palestinian violence will only further it.

An Ethiopian Muslim stands in a damaged building at the al-Nejashi Mosque, one of the oldest in Africa and allegedly damaged by Eritrean shelling, in Negash, Ethiopia on March 1.

Why Eritrea Won’t Leave Ethiopia

Eritrea’s Isaias Afwerki has long coveted access to Ethiopia’s economy. His alliance with Abiy Ahmed will let him achieve his goals at the expense of Ethiopian sovereignty.

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