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Geo-Politics doesn't have to be confusing

In order to truly understand the complexities and intricacies of Middle Eastern geo-politics and how they influence diplomacy and international relations can be a daunting if not overwhelming task. Rather than bore you with oversimplified and often historically and culturally incompetent "expert opinion" (I use "expert" in the most casual sense of the word) we will attempt to relate it to something we average Americans can understand...The never ending and merciless power struggle of a third grade playground....P. Johnson

The Pilgrim's Prayer
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The Pilgrim's Prayer: In the news "Shia pilgrims among 77 people killed in IS attack in Iraq"

Not my democracy
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Not my democracy: In the news "Across The Country, Crowds March In Protest Against Trump's Victory"

That Just happened
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That Just happened: In the news "Donald Trump Clinches The Presidency In Major Upset"

Oligarchy with Overconfidence
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Oligarchy with Overconfidence: In the news "Comey notified Congress of email probe despite DOJ concerns"

KASPAROV
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KASPAROV: In the news "Iraq launches Mosul offensive to drive out Islamic State"

History of the Institute

History of the Institute: In the news "List of wars involving Israel"

KYL-know your limitations
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KYL-know your limitations: In the news "Islamic State explains why it doesn’t attack Israel (yet)"

Sect Trippin'
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Sect Trippin': In the news "Iraq asks Saudi Arabia to replace ambassador"

Broker a truce with the four families
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Broker a truce with the four families: In the news "Russia Re-Emerges as a Great Power in the Middle East"

Birds of a Feather

Birds of a Feather: In the news "Donald Trump’s Unrequited Love for Vladimir Putin"

Reply To All... Prelude To The Fall
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Reply To All... Prelude To The Fall: In the news "18 revelations from Wikileaks' hacked Clinton emails"

Make The PlayGround Great Again
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Make The PlayGround Great Again: In the news "Vladimir Putin Just Made A MASSIVE Donald Trump Announcement!"

Consolidation Over Clutter
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Consolidation Over Clutter: In the news "Putin mends broken relations with Turkey's Erdogan"

Revenge of the Turk
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Revenge of the Turk: In the news "Turkey coup: President Erdogan shuts down thousands of institutions, including hospitals"

Double check your numbers
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Double check your numbers: In the news "After Failed Coup, Turkey Enjoys a Rare Period of Unity"

Hello it's M.E. (Middle East): In the news

All so simple

All so simple: In the news "The Middle East: United States Policy and Relations in the Latter Half of the 20th Century"

Oh was that your Border
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Oh was that your Border: In the news "Turkey says Russia violated its airspace near Syria border"

Not So Smart Bombs
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Not So Smart Bombs: In the news "Syria crisis: Russian Caspian missiles 'fell in Iran'"

Sometime your allies aren't allies
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Sometime your allies aren't allies: In the news "Turkey conflict with Kurds: Was approving air strikes against the PKK America's worst error in the Middle East since the Iraq War?"

Go see the Don

Go see the Don: In the news "Russia backs Syria’s fight against ISIS, not Assad’s regime – Lavrov"

Autonomy: We can take care of ourselves
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Autonomy: We can take care of ourselves: In the news "Kurds Now Our Best Ally Against ISIS in Syria"

How Things Change
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How Things Change: In the news "Ministry: Turkey joins coalition airstrikes against ISIS in Syria"

Complex Collaborations
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Complex Collaborations: In the news "The regional impact of U.S. policy toward Iraq and Syria"

Hoping for days of old
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Hoping for days of old: In the news "NATO Maneuvers to Keep Cool War With Russia From Going Hot"

The Players
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Ivan Mimi Cain Rushfield Mossadiq
Pertolia Bashem Mudros Salahdin Suleiman
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