Lee Smith is a senior editor at the Weekly Standard and a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute. He is also the author of the recently published The Consequences of Syria.
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The Godfather’s Guide to the Middle East

Everything you need to know about world turmoil today—from Obama to Assad to ISIS—is in the ethos of the Corleone family

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How Peace Negotiator Martin Indyk Cashed a Big, Fat $14.8 Million Check From Qatar

One Middle Eastern nation does indeed pay to influence U.S. foreign policy. Hint: It’s not Israel.

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Ted Cruz Exposes Christian Bigotry Against Jews In the Middle East

Senator’s parallel between region’s imperiled Christians and Jews draws ire

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Amal Alamuddin, Please Put George Clooney on Hold, and Investigate War Crimes in Gaza

How the international human rights lawyer could help save Gaza and Lebanon

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John Kerry Has Hamas’ Back: So, Who Has Israel’s?

AIPAC, the so-called Jewish Lobby, has no influence in the White House and is scared to speak out

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What’s Wrong With Being Reasonable About the Middle East?

Nicholas Kristof’s totally reasonable, utterly delusional recipe for peace

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Dawn of the Planet of Qasem Suleimani

In Hollywood’s twisted view of hardliners, lessons for our generals, diplomats, and politicians

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America Is the Arsonist of the Middle East

John Kerry’s failed peace negotiations set off the spiral of violence between Israel and the Palestinians

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What Kurdish Independence Would Mean

And why Israel supports the ambitious—if unlikely—push for statehood

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In the Middle East, Modernity Comes From the Barrel of a Gun. Or a Laptop.

A Unit 8200 networking event in Tel Aviv shows why Israel has won and the Arabs have lost

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Obama Thinks Iran Can Rescue American Interests in the Middle East: He’s Wrong

The United States sees an ally in a regime that is too predatory—and too weak—to be a reliable foreign-policy partner

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Iraqi Insurgents Boast They’re Building an Arab Super-State

They’re hardly the first to try, or make this claim

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News Flash: American Taxpayers Now Paying the Salaries of Palestinian Terrorists

What a unity government bringing together Hamas with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party means

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In Iran Dealings, the Fantasy of a Grand Bargain Persists—but It’s Actually Just a Bad Deal

The Obama Administration’s plans to exit the region are a gift to the regime in Tehran, nuclear deal or no

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The White House Says the Peace Process Is Never Over—But Neither Is the Conflict

The break in negotiations with Ramallah means Netanyahu can focus on the other permanent threat: Iran

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Getting Rid of National Borders in the Middle East Won’t End Sectarian Warfare

The new vogue for blaming the century-old Sykes-Picot Agreement for today’s woes ignores history, and reality

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The Palestinians Are To Blame for the Failed Peace Talks—But Not for the Reason You Think

Abbas is facing an internal challenge to his leadership, and that—not Israeli housing plans—is why he’s bailing on Kerry

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Egypt Is on the Brink of Chaos. Here’s Why It Should Matter to Washington.

Three years after Mubarak’s fall, the country is toying with global irrelevance—except as a possible terror exporter

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For Gulf Allies, Obama’s Turn Away From the Region Looks Like a Gift to Tehran

Disengagement from a region whose power structures are predicated on American management is a recipe for disaster

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Why Did Obama Meet With Abbas in Washington?

The president’s Middle East policy has been about minimizing America’s role

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The Bell Tolls for AIPAC, the Late, Great Pro-Israel Lobbying Group

With Washington locked in partisan warfare, the organization has to choose between being liked or winning

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Robert Malley To Join National Security Council

Worked on the Arab-Israeli peace process under President Clinton

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As George Kennan Inspired Truman’s Foreign Policy, Now Stephen Walt Inspires Obama’s

Plenty of pundits have jockeyed to be the top voice on the Middle East, but only one person’s ideas dominate the conversation

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Learning from Barry Rubin, A Lifelong Teacher

The writer, whose new book was reviewed in Tablet today, died last night at 64

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In a Landmark Case, International Court Opens Trial Against Hezbollah Operatives

But none of those charged with crimes have actually been apprehended—illustrating the limits of justice when dealing with terrorists

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If Israel Makes Arabs Mad at the U.S., Our Partnership With Iran Will Make Them Even Madder

In fighting a mutual enemy—Sunni militants—with Tehran’s support, the Obama Administration risks alienating Sunni allies

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In 2013, America Swapped Its Sledgehammer for a Scalpel. Here’s Who Won and Lost.

The Pax Americana is over in the Middle East, and now the jockeying starts to see who will come out ahead

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Why Obama’s Engagement With Iran Will Create a More Violent Middle East

Last week’s assassination of Hezbollah commander Hassan Laqqis in Beirut was a taste of what may come

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For Obama, Iran Talks Are Also About Testing the Limits of American Jewish Power

In Washington, the president and his allies are using the nuclear issue to drive a wedge between Israel and its U.S. interlocutors

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Why Gay Marriage—Not AIPAC—May Determine Whether Bibi Bombs Iran

Supporting Israel requires American evangelical Christians to square their theological beliefs with the modern Jewish state. Can they?

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