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Until Parties Are Willing, US Cannot Broker Middle East Peace Deal Aaron David Miller, who served in the State Department from 1978 to 2003, contends in an op-ed that U.S. can never successfully broker a lasting peace agreement in the Middle East until the two sides are both willing to commit to it and have a tangible sense of urgency in getting a deal made.

“What I should have realized all along was that strong U.S. mediation can’t make up for weak leadership of the parties to a negotiation. We can’t talk them into getting control over their political constituencies. And we can’t expect that our enthusiasm will persuade them to invest in solutions, take necessary risks or recognize that a negotiated settlement is in their interest (and not just ours),” writes the president of the Woodrow Wilson Center.

Having been involved in countless failed efforts, Miller says that in matters that “cut to the core of people’s identities” the inconvenient reality is that “the United States doesn’t have the horses to pull the wagon.”

lslam Is Different From Other Religions
It is common refrain that Islam is not unlike Christianity or Judaism, but Shadi Hamid of the Brookings Institution asserts that it is, in fact, an exceptional religion, unlike others.

Writing in Time magazine, Hamid argues the same central point that shapes his new book, Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle over Islam is Reshaping the World, — that because of the way Islam relates to politics and the profound implications that relationship has makes it different from other faiths.

One reason he cites for this reality is that the Prophet Muhammad was a distinct figure in Islam. He was a theologian, a preacher, a warrior and a politician.

“He was also the leader and builder of a new state, capturing, holding and governing new territory. Religious and political functions, at least for the believer, were no accident. They were meant to be intertwined in the leadership of one man,” he adds.

What Would A Trump Presidency Really Mean For The World
Ian Bremmer of the Eurasia Group, a firm which analyzes global risk hazards, uses his firm’s tools to weed through the rhetoric and hype to gauge the implications of elevating Donald Trump to the highest office in the US.

Bremmer lays out what he believes are the most worrisome implications of a Trump foreign policy, and the red herrings that are not causes for concern.

For example, Bremmer argues China will be the immediate beneficiary of a Trump presidency due to the real-estate mogul’s protectionist trade policy and opposition to the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).

“For long-term peace and prosperity, America’s commercial partnerships are as important as its military alliances. Trump’s abrasive approach to trade negotiations will push potential partners around the world, including traditional U.S. allies, toward China. If Trump wins the election, Speaker Paul Ryan probably won’t have support from enough House Republicans to pass the TPP, the largest free-trade agreement ever negotiated by the U.S,” predicts Bremmer.

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