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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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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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The End of the ‘Wrong Side of History’

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 - by Jonathan Spyer

Of tyranny and clichés and who gets to write history.

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After the Pax Americana

Saturday, November 9th, 2013 - by Jonathan Spyer

Three factions vie for influence and dominance in the Middle East.

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Quietly, Israel and the Gulf States Draw Closer Together

Thursday, October 24th, 2013 - by Jonathan Spyer

Seeing a hopelessly naive America, Jews and Arabs are finding common ground to face the Iranian menace.

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Despite Nobel Prize, Full Removal of Syria’s Chemical Weapons Unlikely

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 - by Jonathan Spyer

With 50 to 70 storage sites to check during a civil war, Assad is likely to get away with keeping much of them.

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How Will Negotiations Play Out Between Iran and the West?

Friday, October 4th, 2013 - by Jonathan Spyer

The regime is now close to its nuclear goal, and we should have little patience for Iran's stalling tactics.

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With Morsi Gone, Hamas Turns Back to Iran for Aid

Saturday, September 28th, 2013 - by Jonathan Spyer

Hamas bet wrong, and now looks to make amends.

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