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Jonathan Spyer

Jonathan Spyer is a senior research fellow at the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center, and a fellow at the Middle East Forum. He is the author of The Transforming Fire: The Rise of the Israel-Islamist Conflict (Continuum, 2011).
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Exclusive: On the Ground in Iraq, the Stealth Iranian Takeover Becomes Clear

Friday, July 31st, 2015 - by Jonathan Spyer

In June, I traveled among the militias and discovered who they really take orders from.

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RIP Keith Broomfield, Killed in a Firefight with ISIS

Thursday, June 18th, 2015 - by Jonathan Spyer

My friend was killed fighting ISIS near Kobani, Syria, on June 3rd.

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Did U.S. Policy Allow Ramadi to Fall?

Monday, May 18th, 2015 - by Jonathan Spyer

Stubborn D.C. advisers won't accept why Iraqi security forces fail and the jihadis keep advancing.

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Add Yemen to the Growing List of Fragmented Mid-East States

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015 - by Jonathan Spyer

Things fall apart.

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ISIS Pushes Further into Syria

Thursday, April 9th, 2015 - by Jonathan Spyer

As ISIS contracts in Iraq, it is expanding its control of Syria.

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The Middle East: In the Shadow of the Gunmen

Saturday, April 4th, 2015 - by Jonathan Spyer

Post “Arab Spring,” the Middle East is in chaos. And ready to be devoured by the mullahs of Iran.

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Israel Elections: What Happens if Netanyahu Loses?

Monday, March 16th, 2015 - by Jonathan Spyer

A lackluster election campaign in Israel reflects underlying consensus on key issues.

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Four Rival Factions Pick Over Syria’s Bones

Thursday, March 5th, 2015 - by Jonathan Spyer

What used to be Syria is now a war-torn land divided between four factions, including ISIS.

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Yemen Joins List of Collapsed Mideast States

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 - by Jonathan Spyer

Authoritarianism, or terror states: the only foreseeable results across the Middle East. Also read: U.S. Pulls Some Embassy Staff in Yemen, But White House Says No Need to ‘Change Posture’

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Reflections on the Murders in Paris

Monday, January 12th, 2015 - by Jonathan Spyer

The rise of political Islam in the west is not being adequately addressed by our elites.

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Should the West Abandon the Middle East?

Thursday, January 8th, 2015 - by Jonathan Spyer

On the front lines of the Syrian Kurdish city of Kobani.

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Battle Lines Emerge in Israel’s Election Campaign

Friday, December 26th, 2014 - by Jonathan Spyer

For the first time since the collapse of the "peace process" in 2000, Israel’s center and left parties sniff the chance for victory.

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Sunni Political Islam: Engine of ‘Israeli-Palestinian’ Conflict

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 - by Jonathan Spyer

Ridiculous liberal observers now fear a "religious" conflict. It's never been anything but.

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Iran Rising: Mullah-Backed Rebels Reach Yemen’s Capital

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 - by Jonathan Spyer

It's not just the nukes: feckless U.S. policy let Iran capitalize in areas where West isn't even paying attention.

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The Islamic State vs. the Islamic Republic

Saturday, September 6th, 2014 - by Jonathan Spyer

It's a pity somebody has to win.

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The War in Iraq and Syria: Who Are the Players?

Saturday, August 16th, 2014 - by Jonathan Spyer

Needed: A strategy of dual containment.

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Islamic State on the March; West Apparently Indifferent

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014 - by Jonathan Spyer

The MSM, busy castigating Israel for defending itself, is ignoring ISIS' destruction of Iraq and Syria.

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Netanyahu’s ‘Long War’ Doctrine

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 - by Jonathan Spyer

The prime minister views Operation Protective Edge as only one episode in a long war in which Israel is engaged against those who seek its destruction.

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Hamas and Qatar’s Collateral Damage

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 - by Jonathan Spyer

The Gaza War should be seen as an effort by Qatar and Hamas to re-establish their importance in the region.

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Second Front Opens in the Sunni-Shia War

Sunday, June 15th, 2014 - by Jonathan Spyer

They should be left to bleed one another white.‬

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Palestinian Magical Thinking

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 - by Jonathan Spyer

The campaign to place pressure on Israel through activism on the international stage is the latest example.

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The Peace Process is Dead. Let it lay in Peace

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 - by Jonathan Spyer

To everyone except, apparently, Kerry of Arabia himself, the "peace process" was a mirage.

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War Across the Borders

Friday, March 28th, 2014 - by Jonathan Spyer

One sectarian conflict in Iraq, Lebanon and Syria.

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With Iraq on the Brink, a New Sunni Insurgency Emerges

Thursday, March 20th, 2014 - by Jonathan Spyer

Who are these insurgents, and why have events in Iraq reached this crisis point?

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Shifting Mideast Sands Reveal New Alliances

Friday, March 14th, 2014 - by Jonathan Spyer

Saudi-Egypt axis emerging to challenge the Iran-led Shia group.

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