A New Palestinian Political Party Promises Peace and Prosperity. But It’s Unlikely to Get Any Traction

At the beginning of this month, a businessman from Hebron named Ashraf Jabari announced the formation of a new Palestinian political party, Reform and Development. Bassam Tawil describes its agenda, and the challenge it faces:

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More about: Palestinian Authority, Palestinian economy, Palestinians, Peace Process

The U.S. Has Managed to Force a Stalemate in the Syrian Civil War, at Least for Now

In a little remarked-upon statement in May, James Jeffrey, the State Department’s envoy for Syria policy, said that his goal was to turn the war-torn country into “a quagmire for the Russians.” By using economic leverage, this policy has achieved modest success, writes Jonathan Spyer:

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More about: Bashar al-Assad, Russia, Syrian civil war, U.S. Foreign policy