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Newswise: Should the United States Rethink Its Relationship with Saudi Arabia?
AUDIO
Released: 18-Mar-2020 1:40 PM EDT
Should the United States Rethink Its Relationship with Saudi Arabia?
Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

In this episode of our special Election 2020 series of The President’s Inbox, Yasmine Farouk and Bernard Haykel join host James M. Lindsay to discuss U.S. policy toward Saudi Arabia.

Newswise: The Killing of Qasem Soleimani
AUDIO
Released: 18-Mar-2020 10:25 AM EDT
The Killing of Qasem Soleimani
Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

In this episode of our special Election 2020 series of The President’s Inbox, Steven A. Cook, Philip H. Gordon, and Ray Takeyh join host James M. Lindsay to discuss the killing of Qasem Soleimani and its consequences for the Middle East.

Newswise: Should the United States Pursue the Israeli-Palestinian Two-State Solution?
AUDIO
Released: 13-Mar-2020 10:20 AM EDT
Should the United States Pursue the Israeli-Palestinian Two-State Solution?
Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

In this episode of our special Election 2020 series of The President’s Inbox, Michael Doran and Lara Friedman join host James M. Lindsay to discuss the future of the two-state solution.

Released: 24-Feb-2020 9:00 AM EST
Cedars-Sinai Surgeon Restores Hand Movement for a Girl Severely Injured in Syrian Bomb Blast
Cedars-Sinai

Five-year-old Aysha Al Saloom was sound asleep in her bed when a barrel bomb exploded outside her home in northern Syria. The blast left her severely burned and disfigured, turning her hands into stiff, painful balls of flesh. She couldn't even hold a crayon or feed herself. After 20 surgeries, her hands have been rebuilt and she's back to writing, drawing and dancing. Downloadable video available.

Newswise: Reducing the epilepsy treatment gap in Pakistan: Start small, stay flexible, never give up
Released: 17-Feb-2020 11:55 AM EST
Reducing the epilepsy treatment gap in Pakistan: Start small, stay flexible, never give up
International League Against Epilepsy

In retrospect, Pakistan's effort to reduce the treatment gap can appear painstakingly planned, like the blueprints for a shopping complex or a neighborhood. But the secret of the country's success is not rooted in elaborate planning. Nor did it rely on generous funding or government support.

Released: 5-Feb-2020 7:05 AM EST
Oslo Accords Diplomat Beilin on “Between Oslo and Trump: A Review of the Peace Process”—Feb. 11
New York University

NYU's Taub Center for Israel Studies will host Israeli diplomat Yossi Beilin for “Between Oslo and Trump: A Review of the Peace Process,” a public lecture, on Tues., Feb. 11.

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Released: 4-Feb-2020 2:50 PM EST
The Road Ahead With Iran: A Conversation With Tony Blair
Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

Against the backdrop of the recent U.S. strike that killed Qasem Soleimani, Tony Blair discusses the current tensions with Iran and the implications for international policymakers. Mr. Blair discusses the critical role of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), including ways the IRGC mobilizes and radicalizes its fighters for violence at home and abroad, and the road ahead for the United States and Europe.

Newswise: Is Lebanon Becoming A Real Nation?
Released: 4-Feb-2020 2:45 PM EST
Is Lebanon Becoming A Real Nation?
Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

Amir Asmar is a Department of Defense analyst and CFR’s national intelligence fellow. Throughout his intelligence career, his primary area of focus has been the Middle East. He held a wide range of analytic, senior analytic, and leadership positions for the Department of the Army, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the National Intelligence Council. The statements of fact, opinion, or analysis expressed in this blog post are strictly those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of Defense (DoD) or the U.S. government. Review of the material does not imply DoD or U.S. government endorsement of factual accuracy or opinion.

Newswise: Trump’s Lopsided Mideast Peace Plan
Released: 30-Jan-2020 11:50 AM EST
Trump’s Lopsided Mideast Peace Plan
Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

The long-awaited plan presented by President Donald J. Trump paves the way for broader Israeli annexation of occupied territories, has no real chance of Palestinian support, and risks provoking violence.

Newswise: Evaluating the Trump Administration’s Iran Policy
Released: 14-Jan-2020 4:15 PM EST
Evaluating the Trump Administration’s Iran Policy
Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

In his testimony before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, CFR President Richard N. Haass analyzed the pros and cons of the targeted killing of Qasem Soleimani and offered recommendations for U.S. policy moving forward.

Newswise: Conflicts to Watch in 2020
Released: 7-Jan-2020 5:50 PM EST
Conflicts to Watch in 2020
Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

In CFR’s annual Preventive Priorities Survey, U.S. foreign policy experts assess the likelihood and impact of thirty potential conflicts that could emerge or escalate in the coming year.

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Released: 7-Jan-2020 3:35 PM EST
WashU Expert: Soleimani killing likely unlawful
Washington University in St. Louis

Thousands of mourners have taken to the streets in Iran following the Jan. 3 death of Qasem Soleimani, commander of Iran’s Quds Force. Many questions remain following the U.S. drone strike in Iraq and Iran’s posturing about potential retaliation. Chief among them: Was the strike legal?“Unless there is much more to the story than meets the eye, the answer seems to be no,” said Leila Sadat, the James Carr Professor of International Criminal Law at Washington University in St.

Newswise: Soleimani's death: University of Michigan experts can discuss
Released: 3-Jan-2020 1:55 PM EST
Soleimani's death: University of Michigan experts can discuss
University of Michigan

University of Michigan experts can comment on the implications of the death of Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, Iran's top security and intelligence commander, who was killed early Friday in a U.S. drone strike at Baghdad International Airport.

Newswise: Earliest known coastal seawall uncovered at Neolithic settlement Tel Hreiz
11-Dec-2019 3:15 PM EST
Earliest known coastal seawall uncovered at Neolithic settlement Tel Hreiz
PLOS

Possibly one of the first attempts to protect against sea-level rise in a human settlement is described in a study published December 18, 2019 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Ehud Galili from the University of Haifa, Israel, and colleagues.

Newswise: Amid Tensions, Trump-Erdogan Meeting Changes Little
Released: 18-Nov-2019 12:30 PM EST
Amid Tensions, Trump-Erdogan Meeting Changes Little
Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

Trump and Erdogan resolved few of the sharp U.S.-Turkish differences over defense and Middle East policy but the visit likely boosted Erdogan’s stature at home.

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Released: 15-Nov-2019 11:30 AM EST
Countdown to Iowa: The U.S. and Iran
Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

In this episode of our special Election 2020 series of The President’s Inbox, Robert Malley and Ray Takeyh join host James M. Lindsay to discuss U.S. policy toward Iran.

Newswise: World's most expensive spice (saffron) favors Rhode Island growing conditions according to URI researchers
Released: 6-Nov-2019 2:30 PM EST
World's most expensive spice (saffron) favors Rhode Island growing conditions according to URI researchers
University of Rhode Island

KINGSTON, R.I. – November 6, 2019 – Saffron is the world’s most expensive spice, selling for about $5,000 per pound at wholesale rates, and 90 percent of the global saffron harvest comes from Iran. But University of Rhode Island agriculture researchers have found that Ocean State farms have the potential to get a share of the market as demand for saffron in the United States grows.

Newswise: The High Price of Trump’s Great Betrayal
Released: 22-Oct-2019 4:20 PM EDT
The High Price of Trump’s Great Betrayal
Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

President Trump’s abandonment of the Kurds reinforced already existing doubts in the region and around the world that the United States remains a reliable ally. Article by Richard N. Haass. Originally published at Project Syndicate October 17, 2019.

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Released: 21-Oct-2019 11:05 AM EDT
Archaeologists Uncover 2,000-Year-Old Street in Jerusalem Built by Pontius Pilate
Taylor & Francis

An ancient walkway most likely used by pilgrims as they made their way to worship at the Temple Mount has been uncovered in the "City of David" in the Jerusalem Walls National Park.

Newswise: The Syrian Conflict: Consequences of U.S. Withdrawal
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Released: 15-Oct-2019 9:00 AM EDT
The Syrian Conflict: Consequences of U.S. Withdrawal
Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

CFR Conference Call. Steven A. Cook and Gayle Tzemach Lemmon discuss the U.S. decision to withdraw from northeastern Syria and the Turkish response, including implications for the United States’ Kurdish allies in Syria and the future of the Islamic State.

Newswise: Searching for Water
Released: 14-Oct-2019 2:20 PM EDT
Searching for Water
University of Delaware

What does the presence of 1,000 year old water mean for the future of water supplies under the desert regions of Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Jordan, Oman, Yemen and the United Arab Emirates? New research has sought to identify how much good water is available in the Arabian Peninsula, where water is stored in what are known as "fossil aquifers."


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