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  • France’s Yellow Vests Are Rebels Without a Cause
    PARIS—A crisis of representative democracy is unfolding in France. For months now, President Emmanuel Macron has been crisscrossing the country for a grand débat, a series of town meetings he called in January to address the discontent embodied by the “yellow vest” movement. These demonstrations began as a protest of a fuel-tax hike and have now evolved into a wave of economic anxiety and anti-establishment sentiment—with bursts of violence, such as the torching of banks and businesses in Paris this past weekend. The latest incidents, part of “Act 18” of the movement’s weekly Saturday protests, were planned to mark the ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-03-18
  • Trying to Kill the Iran Deal Could End Up Saving It
    The Trump administration has made a priority of punishing and pressuring Iran. But the same administration that withdrew from the nuclear deal that President Donald Trump dubbed “a great embarrassment” may actually end up preserving it.Iran and all the other signatories are still observing the deal’s terms for now. The U.S. reimposed sanctions on the Islamic Republic last fall, driving down its oil exports and further stressing its weak economy. But even as the administration pursues what it calls a “maximum pressure” campaign against the country, it has also made exceptions through sanctions waivers that have helped keep Iranian oil ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-03-17
  • From Aramoana to Christchurch: A Shorthand of New Zealand’s Relationship With Guns
    On a Tuesday in November 1990, the sleepy town of Aramoana was burned into New Zealand's collective consciousness.The 13 residents killed in a gun rampage that shocked the nation were, until Friday’s attacks in Christchurch, victims of the country’s worst-ever mass shooting, one that opened a widespread reevaluation of New Zealand’s relationship with firearms. All subsequent gun debates here have been guided by the tragic events in Aramoana and their soul-searching aftermath.Nearly three decades later, another horrific event is having a similar effect. The terrorist attack on two Christchurch mosques has focused international attention on this faraway country, seen as ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-03-17
  • Rebuilding Mali’s army: the dissonant relationship between Mali and its international partners
    1 March 2019 , Volume 95, Number 2 Denis M. Tull Read online Nearly six years after the onset of international intervention in 2013, the security situation in Mali continues to deteriorate. Despite a plethora of security sector assistance initiatives, the Malian army is struggling to become a more effective fighting force. This article analyses security sector assistance by describing local responses to international intervention. Based on original research in Bamako and dozens of interviews with Malian army officers and foreign ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2019-03-04
  • Rebuilding Mali’s army: the dissonant relationship between Mali and its international partners
    1 March 2019 , Volume 95, Number 2 Denis M. Tull Read online Nearly six years after the onset of international intervention in 2013, the security situation in Mali continues to deteriorate. Despite a plethora of security sector assistance initiatives, the Malian army is struggling to become a more effective fighting force. This article analyses security sector assistance by describing local responses to international intervention. Based on original research in Bamako and dozens of interviews with Malian army officers and foreign ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2019-03-04
  • Iran’s Syria strategy: the evolution of deterrence
    1 March 2019 , Volume 95, Number 2 Hassan Ahmadian and Payam Mohseni Read online Iran has been a critical player in the Syrian war since 2011, crafting a complex foreign policy and military strategy to preserve its Syrian ally. What have been the drivers of Iranian decision-making in this conflict? And how has Iranian strategy evolved over the course of the war? This article argues that the logic of deterrence has been fundamental not just for shaping the contours of ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2019-03-04
  • Hawaii weighs first-in-nation plastic bans at eateries
    Dozens of cities across the country have already banned foam plastic containers, but Hawaii’s effort could be the first state-wide. Discarded, slow-to-degrade plastic has shown up at sea and on beaches. But local eateries worry about the higher costs of biodegradable containers. ..... READ MORE
    Source: Christian Science MonitorPublished on 2019-03-19
  • Deadly cyclone swamps Mozambique
    Four days after cyclone Idai slammed into Mozambique, some reports estimate 1,000 people were killed. Floods and cyclones are common occurrences in this southern African country, but this storm knocked out electricity, shut down the airport, and submerged important roads. ..... READ MORE
    Source: Christian Science MonitorPublished on 2019-03-19
  • Philando Castile’s mom helps develop crisis tool kit
    A police officer shot elementary school cafeteria worker Philando Castile at a traffic stop in 2016. His mother has teamed up with a prosecutor and others to help police assess their preparedness for responding to crises after a police shooting.  ..... READ MORE
    Source: Christian Science MonitorPublished on 2019-03-19
  • Europe’s Jews vs. Israel
    Note the contrast: when Matteo Salvini, Italy's interior minister recently visited Jerusalem, which he hailed as the capital of Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called him a "great friend of Israel." Back home, however, Italy's liberal Jews ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2019-01-27
  • Trump’s Mideast ‘Deal of the Century’ May Be a Raw One for Israel
    President Trump has spoken repeatedly about his desire to find the "deal of the century" to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. While the president's specific plan remains a tightly held secret, he and several aides occasionally drop hints about it ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2019-01-23
  • The Middle East Forum at 25
    Today marks the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Middle East Forum. I'll take this opportunity candidly to review our ability to influence U.S. policy over the quarter century and assess where we stand today. Opening our doors in early 1994 with ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2019-01-23