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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Indispensable

Michael Oren, Israel’s U.S. ambassador, says Washington will always need his country as an ally

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Bad Moon Rising

Turkey’s sponsorship of the Gaza flotilla signals a failure of American policy

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Jordan Rules

Amman’s ambassador to Washington talks about the possibilities for Middle East peace

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Connected

There’s linkage, too, between U.S. actions in Iraq and Afghanistan and Faisal Shahzad’s bombing attempt in Times Square

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Linked In

Why do Arab governments—and the U.S.—insist the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is at the heart of all the Mideast’s problems?

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Religion of Yes

The Israeli-Palestinian peace process has always been divisive; now it’s being used as a wedge

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Shadow Play: Agents of Influence on Egypt Ambassador Pick Robert S. Ford

Syria may be getting a new U.S. ambassador, but the problem of Syrian engagement is far from solved

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The Honest Broker

Robert Malley, a former Clinton official, says Hamas must be engaged

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Respectfully Yours

Dalia Mogahed may be the most influential figure guiding the Obama Administration’s Middle East outreach

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Case Closed?

The spying charges against former AIPAC analyst Steve Rosen were dropped last year, but the anti-Israel spirit that enlivened them, he says, is stronger than ever

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The Shadow Viceroy

Elliott Abrams, who oversaw the Middle East for George Bush, says the recent Israel crisis reflects how the Obama team is doing business with the rest of the world

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Obama Looks Weak in the Middle East

Why pick on our friends but not our enemies?

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Friends in Deed

Evangelical Christians have emerged as Israel’s staunchest allies—even as some American Jews are made uneasy by the show of support

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Reading Like a Middle Easterner

Where we see coincidences in U.S. news coverage of the Middle East, locals see conspiracies—and sometimes they’re right

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Leverett Debates Ledeen on Iran

‘Engagement or Regime Change?’

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Talking to Terrorists

In a new book, Mark Perry argues that groups like Hamas will behave rationally if the U.S. engages with them. He’s wrong.

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Grand Bargainers

Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett claim they aren’t influence peddlers, but their emails suggest otherwise

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The Immigrant

Trita Parsi, the second pillar of the U.S. Iran lobby, wants to the be the public face of Iranian-Americans

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Iran’s Man in Washington

How Flynt Leverett and his wife, Hillary Mann Leverett, became leading advocates for doing business with Tehran

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Unlikely Revolutionaries

How a former Iranian official and a U.S. foreign-policy guru are shifting Washington’s stance toward regime change in Tehran

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They Dig Us

Arab regimes are restoring abandoned Jewish historical sites, a subtle acknowledgement of where power now resides in the Middle East

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Cold Desert Nights

Is the Obama administration putting the U.S.-Saudi relationship on ice?