from The Great Debate:

Why Bibi won: Israel unwilling to pay the price of hope

By Amy Wilentz
March 19, 2015

Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu attends cabinet meeting in Jerusalem

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the weekly cabinet meeting in his office in Jerusalem, March 8, 2015. REUTERS/Gali Tibbon/Pool

from The Great Debate:

Can Obama inspire youth vote in Israel?

By Bill Schneider
March 25, 2013

President Barack Obama's message to Israel last week was both powerful and urgent: You can't go on like this. The status quo is not a viable option.

from Pakistan: Now or Never?:

India-Pakistan – cricket, spooks and peace

March 27, 2011

cricket  refugee"Cricket diplomacy" has always been one of the great staples of the relationship between India and Pakistan. The two countries have tried and failed before to use their shared enthusiasm for cricket to build bridges, right back to the days of Pakistan President Zia ul-Haq, if not earlier.

from The Great Debate:

Why the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks will go nowhere

By Guest Contributor
August 24, 2010


The following are excerpts from STRATFOR's geopolitical weekly column by George Friedman, chief executive officer of STRATFOR, a global intelligence company. He is the author of numerous books and articles on international affairs, warfare and intelligence. His most recent book is "The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century." The opinions expressed are the author's own.

from India Insight:

Afghan endgame and fears of rise in Kashmir violence

March 31, 2010

The Indian army says rebel violence will escalate in Kashmir in summer as hundreds of militants are waiting in the Pakistani part of Kashmir to infiltrate into the Indian side and step up attacks.

from India Insight:

Kashmir marks 20 years of conflict, peace still distant

January 25, 2010

A policeman walks behind a razor wire fence near the venue of India's Republic Day celebrations in Srinagar January 25, 2010. REUTERS/Fayaz KabliOne of the world's longest-running separatist insurgencies, one that has killed tens of thousands of people in Kashmir, completed two decades last month.

from AxisMundi Jerusalem:

O Hamas where art thou?

November 16, 2009

PALESTINIANS/Hamas has kept a pretty low profile in the West Bank recently--when will that change?

from AxisMundi Jerusalem:

Remembering Rabin: Commemorating or Politicking?

October 29, 2009

ISRAEL/Today marks the 14th anniversary, according to the Hebrew calendar, of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's assassination on Nov. 4, 1995, a day that many Israelis consider a stark reminder of political and religious fissures that have yet to be healed.

from AxisMundi Jerusalem:

Gridlock in the Mideast

October 26, 2009

JamWant to know how it feels to be George Mitchell, President Obama's special envoy to the Middle East? Try getting from Jerusalem to Ramallah on a typical weekday at the rush hour. And experience stalemate, frustration, competitive selfishness, blind fury and an absence of movement that even the most stubborn and blinkered of West Bank bus drivers might see as a metaphor for the peace process that is going nowhere fast right now.

from Sangwon Yoon:

The Iranian Guessing Game

September 17, 2009

After failing to reach an agreement on a settlement freeze, U.S. envoy George Mitchell extended his trip to the Middle East with hopes of arranging a tri-lateral meeting involving Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and U.S. President Barack Obama at the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York next week. (Read more here.)