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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.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 19, 2020 The Pandemic Of Racism In America
The rage, desperation, and determination which continue to bring tens of thousands of Americans to the streets in protest against racism and injustice hopefully will be just the beginning.
SHARE Wednesday, June 3, 2020 The Pandemic Underlines America's Ingrained Racism
It should serve as a warning to every Republican member of Congress that the murder of George Floyd and the horrifying injustice it confirmed is the poison they will have to swallow just before Election Day if they fail to act.
SHARE Friday, May 22, 2020 A Portrait Of A Ruthless Dictator
But Turkey's President Erdogan has squandered it all by putting his self-interest and blind ambition before the country. His legacy will be of one who lost his way and left a shattered country in his wake.
SHARE Tuesday, May 19, 2020 Israel And Palestinians: Architects Of Their Own Destruction
If Israel proceeds with its plans of annexation and the Palestinians continue to hold onto their dead-end position, the result is all but certain. Continuing and escalating violent conflict will rob the Palestinians of a state of their own for the foreseeable future, which will exact a heavy toll on Israel while making it a pariah state that lives by the gun
SHARE Wednesday, May 6, 2020 Trump Is The Antithesis Of American Greatness
Unless measures are taken by a new President to reverse the consequences of Trump's reckless actions and policies, they will permanently erode America's global standing, degrade our democracy, tear apart our social fabric, and compromise our constitution that held the country together for two and a half centuries.
SHARE Thursday, April 23, 2020 The Dire Consequences of Territorial Annexation
The prospect of a Palestinian uprising is a given. If Netanyahu and Gantz ignore it, it will be at their peril as they are sowing the seeds of Palestinian revolt; the question will be only when.
SHARE Friday, April 17, 2020 The War In Yemen Is A Crime Against Humanity And Islam
The proxy war that Saudi Arabia and Iran have been waging in Yemen for the past five years goes beyond the pale of human capacity for extreme cruelty and ruthlessness, and against the spirit and the letter of the Quran.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 11, 2020 Trump's Pandemic Failure: A Missed Opportunity
For a man who is a self-absorbed, power hungry narcissist who wants to be recognized as one of the greatest presidents of the United States while desperately trying to be reelected, Trump failed miserably to rise to the occasion precipitated by the unfortunate advent and spread of the coronavirus.
SHARE Thursday, March 12, 2020 Israel Is Engaged In Systematic Self-Destruction
One cannot blame Netanyahu alone. It is the Likud party that has enabled him over the years to chip away brick-by-brick at Israel's democracy, undermine the judiciary, discriminate against Israeli Arabs as well as Jews of color, alienate the American Jewish community, and torpedo any prospect of a peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
SHARE Thursday, March 5, 2020 Trump's Disastrous Domestic Policy
Sadly, we have become accustomed to Trump's lies and misstatements about the presumed progress the US made under his watch. It's time to take a hard look at his domestic policy, which is inflicting terrible damage and anguish on the majority of Americans.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 27, 2020 "...I Am Proud To Be A Socialist"
Enacting rules and regulations and fostering a sense of national unity while embracing the premise that human beings have equal rights, which the constitution provides, does not negate capitalism but in fact enhances it. Anything to do with human rights matters.
SHARE Wednesday, February 12, 2020 The Travesty of the Century
By what logic Trump can assume upon himself the political, religious, and moral right to divide an occupied land between Israel and the Palestinians in defiance of all previous accords and internationally recognized agreements?
SHARE Wednesday, February 5, 2020 Trump's and Netanyahu's Folly
Israel has, for all intents and purposes, given itself the license to do whatever it pleases in the Palestinian territories, including building settlements, erecting barriers and fences, demolishing Palestinian homes, and restricting their movement.
SHARE Friday, January 31, 2020 Trump's Dreadful Foreign Policy
Trump has no coherent foreign policy doctrine, no understanding of historical perspective, and no knowledge of the intricacies of various regional conflicts. He is dismissive of alliances, unbound by international agreements; he is erratic, unfettered, and issues policy directives based on "gut feelings."
SHARE Friday, January 24, 2020 Killing Soleimani Undermines Global Order
The Ukraine debacle, which blew up in Trump's face and those of his top political advisers, pales in comparison to the assassination of Soleimani, which brought us to the verge of war with Iran -- a war that would have made the Iraq war look like child's play.
SHARE Tuesday, January 14, 2020 Stepping Back From the Brink of War
Trump must realize that Iran cannot be bullied and the only way to prevent it from pursuing nuclear weapons is through dialogue. Iran and the US need to lick their wounds and begin a new chapter, however long and arduous it may be, because war is not and will never be an option.
SHARE Monday, December 23, 2019 The ABCs Of Trump's Path To Impeachment
Finally, Trump was impeached on December 18. It is a sad day for America because for the House of Representatives to resort to such an historically rare punitive act suggests that Trump's transgressions have been so severe that the House was compelled to take such a drastic measure.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 19, 2019 2020 Will Be More Turbulent Than 2019, Unless...
The year 2020 will most likely be as turbulent if not more so than 2019 due mainly to the lack of American leadership and the rush of other powers, especially Russia, China, and to a lesser extent Turkey and Iran, to fill the vacuum the US is leaving behind.