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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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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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John Kerry’s Moderates: Are Non-Al-Qaeda Syrian Rebels Really ‘Democratic’?

Friday, September 6th, 2013 - by Jonathan Spyer

That 80 percent Kerry wants us to support? Most align with Morsi or Hamas.

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The Resurgence of the Regimes in the Arab World

Friday, July 19th, 2013 - by Jonathan Spyer

The generals’ coup in Egypt has proven conclusively that the old, nationalist regimes are not finished yet.

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‬U.S. Responds to the Prospect of Regime Victory in Syria‬

Sunday, June 16th, 2013 - by Jonathan Spyer

A victory for the Assad/Iran/Hizballah/Russia side in the Syrian civil war would represent a strategic disaster for the U.S. and the West in the region. ‬

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Battleground Syria: Saudi Arabia/Qatar Rivalry Shakes Rebels

Thursday, June 13th, 2013 - by Jonathan Spyer

As the West weighs involvement, the Saudis replace foe Qatar as the rebels' primary backer.

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Iran, via Hezbollah, Comes to Bashar Assad’s Rescue

Thursday, May 30th, 2013 - by Jonathan Spyer

The support is now clearly evident, and is responsible for Assad's recent gains.

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Will Obama Tolerate Syria’s Sarin Gas Terror?

Friday, April 26th, 2013 - by Jonathan Spyer

Doing nothing will tell totalitarians that the word of America means nothing. Related: Obama: Yeah, My Syria Red Line is Still in Effect, But…

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A Major Syrian Rebel Group Is Now Officially Part of al-Qaeda

Thursday, April 18th, 2013 - by Jonathan Spyer

The emergence of a new. powerful Islamist force in Syria.

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In Syria, Western Illusions Lead to Ill-Advised Action

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013 - by Jonathan Spyer

Take Ghassan Hitto, the U.S. supported rebel leader with ties to jihadists.

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