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Dr. Alon Ben-Meir is a professor of international relations at the Center
for Global Affairs at NYU. He teaches courses on international negotiation
and Middle Eastern studies. His dedication to writing about, analyzing, and offering practical solutions to the Arab-Israeli conflict is the result of his many years of direct participation and personal experience in the Middle East. He is regularly involved in two-track diplomacy and continues to monitor closely events throughout the region.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 Insidious Discrimination Against The Roma Is Europe's Shame
Attackers have sought out and violently assaulted whole families, burned their homes, and nearly wiped out a whole community in settlements across Europe. Violence against Roma is gravely under-reported, and Roma are often viewed as scapegoats for broader societal ills, often characterized as outsiders who are inferior citizens and are unwanted in their respective communities.
(1 comments) Wednesday, June 5, 2019 Modernity And Civilization Offer No Shield Against Future Genocide
What has changed, and what have we learned from previous genocides? Very little. As long as we put our short-sighted political interest above human lives, we prove we have leaned little from history and are condemned to repeat it time and again. We must hold up the mantra of "never again," and act before it's too late.
Friday, May 24, 2019 Trump Must Never Listen To The Warmonger Bolton
Bolton, who is strongly influenced by Crown Prince bin Salman and Netanyahu, who seem to encourage him to attack Iran. They are dangerous men, and want to prevail over Iran at the expense of the United States by dragging it into an unwinnable war. To think that regime change in Iran, as Bolton and Pompeo continue to advocate, will usher in a democracy is an illusion that will never materialize.
Thursday, May 16, 2019 To Prevent Brain Drain, Kosovo Must Eradicate Corruption
Kosovo has emerged from the ashes of many thousands of men and boys who were slaughtered by the Serbian military to prevent the rise of an independent and free Kosovo. They have a moral responsibility and a sacred duty to put the country's national interest above their own and prevent brain drain, as the future of Kosovo rests on the vitality of its youth, in which every single Kosovar has a stake.
(1 comments) Thursday, May 9, 2019 Netanyahu's Defunct Strategy To Keep Hamas At Bay
Netanyahu has deliberately perpetuated the conflict with Hamas as a means by which to promote his sinister political agenda. At no point has he contemplated finding a mutually acceptable solution that could end the hostilities and gradually lead to peaceful coexistence. Instead, he has portrayed Hamas as an irredeemable foe committed to Israel's destruction.
(1 comments) Friday, May 3, 2019 Preventing an Israeli-Iran War
Given its history, resourcefulness, and ability to project its power, Iran is a proud nation that seeks respect and rejects bullying. Iran is resilient; it can be defeated time and again, but it will rise in defiance of any circumstances, ready and willing to sacrifice whatever it takes, and not allow itself to be humiliated. These characteristics reflect who the Iranians really are.
(1 comments) Thursday, April 25, 2019 The Beginning Of The End Of Erdogan's Era
For Erdogan, a democratic form of government could not serve his ambition to become the absolute leader who can both shape Turkey's destiny as an Islamic state and serve as the head of the Sunni Muslim world. As he once stated, "democracy is like a bus, once you reach your destination you get off."
Thursday, April 11, 2019 The Election Will Obliterate The Face Of Israel As We Know It
The consequences of this election and the certainty of forming a right-wing government led by Netanyahu are hard to exaggerate. To start with, if there had been any small prospect of a two-state solution, it has now practically vanished completely under his watch. This is nothing short of a turning point in Israel's history, a choice that has put Israel on the fast track toward the abyss.
Sunday, February 17, 2019 Sacrificing Greatness For Personal Ambition
In your wake, Mr. Erdogan, you leave a shattered Turkish people, yearning to be free, free to think and believe, free to assemble, free to criticize, free to use their ingenuity and resourcefulness to create a free society. But you have sacrificed the welfare for the Turkish people for blind personal ambition, for which you will be remembered.
(1 comments) Wednesday, January 9, 2019 Corruption In The Balkans Is Impeding EU Membership
The six Western Balkan countries Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Albania, are "state captured" by corrupt politicians, linked with organized crime. These facts have been documented by various international reports, which are raising major concerns among EU officials on the enlargement process.
(5 comments) Thursday, December 20, 2018 Trump's New Year's Gift To Putin, Rouhani, And Erdogan
Trump's decision to withdraw US forces from Syria is extremely reckless and is bound to backfire in more than one way. To make such a decision, which has major implications that directly and adversely affect our allies in and outside the region, through a simple tweet and against the advice of his senior advisers is nothing short of outrageous.
Thursday, December 13, 2018 It's Time For Congresswomen To Take The Lead
The election of a record number of women to Congress is significant in that Congresswomen are more likely to focus on socio-economic and gender-based issues that have largely been either ignored or resisted by a predominantly male Congress.
Thursday, December 6, 2018 A Two-Pronged Policy Needed To Stem The Flow Of Migrants
To dramatically slow the flow of illegal immigration and even end it does not rest on building walls or sending troops to the border, or by heartlessly snatching children from their mothers' arms, or by incarceration, deportation, or prosecution. A big part of the answer lies in economic development, mainly sustainable development projects, in the migrant's country of origin.
(1 comments) Monday, December 3, 2018 Gulen And Erdogan's Islamic Rivalry And Its Consequences
Until five years ago, Fethullah Gulen and Turkey's President Erdogan were allies who supported each other. Both use Islam as the basis for their doctrine, which made them ideologically different from the revolutionary secularist stateman Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the new Republic of Turkey in 1923.
(1 comments) Thursday, November 15, 2018 The Democrats' Victory Can Save The Republican Party
The retaking of the House by the Democrats will soon allow them to exercise checks and balances and stop the Republicans from going down a slippery slope. Otherwise, the party would have slid into complete self-implosion as they blindly but willingly followed Trump's chaotic political agenda.
(1 comments) Friday, November 9, 2018 America Must Not Live And Die By The Gun
All we hear from Trump and his stooges in Congress are hollow and insincere expressions of sorrow and condolences to the families of the victims whose lives are shattered. Like millions of citizens, I am offended by the callous way the Trump administration is dealing with this national disaster that robs the lives of more than 3,000 innocent fellow citizens every single month.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018 Erdogan's Hooligans Came Knocking On NYU's Doors
What's outrageous about this episode is that we here in the US, where freedom of speech and assembly are guaranteed by the constitution, are threatened by Turkish citizens who were given the privilege to live in our country. They are now bullying us not to engage in a discussion, fearing that it may turn out to be critical of Erdogan.
(1 comments) Thursday, October 25, 2018 The Saudi Butchery In Yemen And The World's Apathy
The cold-blooded killing of the journalist Khashoggi, however gruesome, pales compared to the brutality and gross human rights violations Saudi Arabia is committing in Yemen. The Saudis are deliberately preventing food and medicine from reaching areas where children are dying from starvation or disease.
(1 comments) Monday, October 22, 2018 Should the US stop enabling Israel?
Netanyahu changes his narrative to suit the political moment, but he cannot change the facts on the ground. The harsh policies Israel is applying to the occupied territories designed to force the Palestinians to give up in despair and leave has failed. Israel precipitated the rise of a new generation of Palestinian extremists but, unlike their elders, are determined to resist the occupation at all costs.
(1 comments) Thursday, August 9, 2018 "The Right Of Return" -- To Where?
Even though Israel does not assume any responsibility for the refugees, in a demonstration of goodwill the Israeli government should provide technical help in areas of prefabricated housing and infrastructure. It is in Israel's best interest to facilitate a solution to the refugee problem, which has been haunting the Israelis as well for 70 years.