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    Israeli elections week in review

    Markaz: Israeli Elections

    With less than three weeks to go until Israelis go to the polls to elect the 20th Knesset, here is a look at the latest election news from Israel. 

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    Deterring an Iranian nuclear breakout

    Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pauses while he speaks to supporters of his Likud party as he campaigns in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Maale Adumim, near Jerusalem (REUTERS/Nir Elias).

    Robert Einhorn argues an Iran nuclear deal that forbids any enrichment is not attainable. He writes that a good agreement can allow limited enrichment but prevent Iranian breakout by putting in place monitoring that would ensure early detection of a breakout attempt, lengthening potential breakout time to at least one year, and promising painful consequences and ultimate failure for Iran if it attempts to produce a nuclear weapon.

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    It's not too late: Addressing "the other civil wars" in Libya and Yemen

    Shi'ite Houthi rebels carry wounded men after a suicide attack in Sanaa (REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah).

    Brookings convened an expert panel to discuss escalating violence in Yemen and Libya. Participants argued that both nations can avert full-fledged civil war by working with the international community to promote a more inclusive political dialogue.  Read More

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    Brookings scholars weigh in on impacts of falling oil prices

    A worker fills up a car with fuel at a gas station in Caracas (REUTERS/Jorge Silva).

    On February 2, Brookings hosted a discussion on the slide in oil prices. Scholars from the Energy Security and Climate Initiative (ESCI) and the Center for Middle East Policy (CMEP) at Brookings, discussed the benefits reaped by oil-importing countries, as well as the negative impact endured by oil-exporting counties like Venezuela, Russia, and Iran. With oil now hovering around $50 per barrel, the panelists provided their take on possible long-term global ramifications for the market.

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    Jordan, Egypt, and the response to ISIS: Beyond air strikes

    A military helicopter flies during sunset over Tahrir Square during a protest to support the army, in Cairo July 26, 2013

    ISIS-broadcast film of the death of downed Jordanian pilot Muadh al-Kasasbeh sought to drive a wedge between Jordan's ruling elite (particularly King Abdullah) and its people. Sultan Barakat and Andrew Leber argue that the regional coalition against ISIS has provided a veneer of Arab participation in the U.S.-led campaign, but Arab governments have done little to bring their publics along with them.  Read More

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    The complex American and Israeli politics of Netanyahu’s address to Congress

    Markaz: Israeli Elections

    William Galston examines Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s upcoming address to a joint session of Congress in the context of U.S. public opinion on Iran. He argues that while it is reasonable to expect Netanyahu’s address to Congress to be Churchillian, he risks overplaying his hand.  Read More

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    Israeli elections week in review

    Markaz: Israeli Elections

    With 24 days to go until Israelis go to the polls, here is a look at the latest Israeli election news.  Read More

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    Iranian press week in review

    Iranian Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri speaks during a news conference after a meeting with Iraq's top Shi'ite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in Najaf, south of Baghdad (REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani).

    This week's review of the Iranian press highlights Iranian Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri’s trip to Iraq to meet with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the ongoing nuclear negotiations, and speculation on who will become chairman of Iran’s Assembly of Experts.  Read More

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    Turkey-Israel relations: a political low point and an economic high point

    Workers load trucks at Israel Shipyards Port in Haifa (REUTERS/Baz Ratner).

    Dan Arbell looks at the latest statistics detailing trade between Israel and Turkey in 2014 and argues that, while the two countries are perhaps at a low point politically, they have reached an economic high point.

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    Tunisia field report: A day in the life of an Islamist in parliament

    Field Report: Where are Islamists Headed?

    Shadi Hamid explores the inner dynamics of Tunisia’s fledgling democratic government. Unlikely coalition partners from the Islamist Ennahda party and the secular Nidaa Tounes are striving to maintain cordial, if sometimes strained, relations.  Read More

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