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Shuttle Diplomacy Falls Short in Gulf Crisis, Israel Concerned about Ceasefire in Syria, and Two Tenuous Years of the Iran Nuclear Deal

The Gulf crisis continues but new reports shed light on how it started, Israel was consulted on the Syria ceasefire but doesn’t like the outcome, and the United States recertifies Iran’s compliance with the JCPOA.

Turks, Arabs, and Leadership

While the Turkish people at this stage seem to be motivated by a strong sense of identity and a belief in themselves and their homeland (with a commitment to democratic values now being an important element of this homeland) Arabs, even as they exhibit a strong sense of identity themselves, lack confidence in their countries and the institutions of the state.

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UN Human Rights Council votes to adopt Gaza report over US objections... State Department narrows legislative mandate to fight boycotts of Israel... Egyptian political parties join journalist syndicate in opposition to Sisi-backed draft counterterrorism law... Tunisian president declares nationwide “state of emergency” from July 4 to August 2, 2015...


UN Draft Political Agreement for Libya

On Monday, the Special Representative and head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Bernardino León, presented a new draft political agreement for Libya at a meeting of the Libyan Political Dialogue Process in Skhirat, Morocco. The document represents the product of five months of intense UN-sponsored negotiations, aimed at creating a national unity government for the battered country. 

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