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Is The G7 Relevant Once Again?
With an emerging consensus on toughening sanctions against Russia and toward an agreement on climate change, Heather Conley of the Center of Strategic and International Studies argues that the G7 is back on its feet.

“This summit was a strong showing for a group that only a few years ago was written off as irrelevant (a 2009 headline asserted that “The G7 is Dead; Long Live the G20”). Clearly, reports of the G7’s death have been greatly exaggerated. The G7 is back,” she declares.

U.S. Not To Blame For Middle East Chaos
In an op-ed in Politico, Philip Gordon of the Council on Foreign Relations, suggests that blame for the current chaos in the Middle East cannot be placed on the United States, but that does not mean they do not have a role to play in resolving the crisis.

“Accepting that the United States is not to blame for, and cannot resolve, every problem in the Middle East is not a prescription for inaction or resignation. The United States remains the world’s most important power and has unique capabilities that give it an unmatched ability and responsibility to play a key role in a region where critical US interests are at stake. Unfortunately, we cannot master the historical forces that probably mean the region will be plagued by instability for years or even decades to come,” Gordon asserts.

However, he does not suggest the alternative is “doing something” just for the sake of taking some nature of action. Rather, Gordon suggests several goals on which the U.S. should keep its eyes, including continuing to take steps to deter regional war and protecting our allies.

“We cannot stop civil wars, but we can still prevent inter-state war—and have largely done so successfully for decades,” he writes.

The other goals include preventing nuclear proliferation, as well as the creation of a terrorist safe haven from which terrorists could plot and execute mass-destruction attacks. Lastly, he says the U.S. should do what it can to avoid exacerbating the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Poll: More Palestinians Considering Leaving Gaza
A new poll from the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research finds that half of Gaza residents want to emigrate, compared to 25 percent in the West Bank.

A majority, 63 percent, expressed dissatisfaction with “achievements compared to human and material losses” in the 2014 Gaza war that killed over 2,200 Palestinians and 73 people in Israel.


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