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Measuring Pipeline Politics in Cronuts

July 23, 2014 COMMENTARY BY: Erin Nelson TOPICS: Foreign Policy

Erin Nelson, TCF publications intern, views international pipeline politics through the lens of NYC's favorite pastry. 

Tags: tapi pipeline, pipeline politics, pakistan, natural gas, geopolitics, energy policy, caspian sea, afghanistan

Is There a State that Can Broker a Gaza Cease-Fire?

July 22, 2014 BY: Michael Wahid Hanna TOPICS: Foreign Policy

Al Jazeera America quoted TCF senior fellow Michael Hanna in a recent article discussing Gaza.


While diplomacy aimed at halting the violence in Gaza quickened worldwide on Monday, the continued lack of a viable mediation path highlighted an increasingly problematic question: Is there a state capable of mediating a cease-fire?
The only thing virtually all parties seem to agree on in the midst of the current violence is that the status quo is undesirable, but there is almost no agreement on how to move forward. “It’s a pretty disastrous game of chicken at the moment,” said Michael Wahid Hanna, a senior fellow at The Century Foundation in New York.
Both Israel and Hamas went into the current conflict with broader goals compared to the last Gaza conflicts and “that makes the opening positions of all these actors more difficult to bridge,” he said.

Read more here.

Tags: michael hanna, israel, hamas, gaza conflicts, gaza

After Brief Lull in Gaza Crisis, Airstrikes Resume

July 18, 2014 BY: Michael Wahid Hanna TOPICS: Foreign Policy

The New York Times quotes TCF senior fellow Michael Hanna in a recent article discussing airstrikes in Gaza.


Some analysts said that Egypt had laid a trap for Hamas and that Mr. Sisi saw a confluence of interests with Israel in battering a mutual enemy. The Egyptians “probably knew that the Israelis are not willing to deal any concessions,” said Michael Wahid Hanna, an Egypt analyst at the Century Foundation in New York. “If you know that both sides are going to be intransigent, you can’t be a broker.”

Read the article here.

Tags: michael hanna, gaza, foreign policy, airstrikes

Putin’s Dangerous Proxy War

July 18, 2014 BY: Michael Cohen TOPICS: Foreign Policy

TCF fellow Michael Cohen published a recent article at Politico discussing Vladimir Putin.


Ever since seizing Crimea earlier this year, the Russian president has been offering tacit – and sometimes more direct – support to pro-Russian separatist groups battling the Ukrainian government. Although Putin seems to have backed off the idea of a cross-border military invasion and has been trying, half-heartedly it appears, to disengage himself from the conflict, he’s yet to make a full break with the rebels. After Thursday’s shoot-down of a Malaysian Airlines flight over rebel-held territory in Ukraine’s volatile east, killing 295 people, he may no longer have much choice in the matter.

Read the article here.

Tags: valdimir putin, michael cohen, foreign policy, crimea

Americans Want the U.S. to Act on Climate Change — Even if it Goes Alone

July 18, 2014 BY: Neil Bhatiya TOPICS: Foreign Policy, Climate Change

TCF policy associate Neil Bhatiya published a piece at The Week discussing climate change.


Perhaps the most crucial finding is that 62 percent of respondents are not content to have the U.S. wait on the sidelines unless and until other nations commit to emissions cuts. All but the most conservative of respondents said the U.S. should reduce its emissions "regardless of what other countries do." Climate change skeptics have long argued that anything the U.S. does will not count for much if large polluters like India and China do not also take steps to curtail their carbon output. The Obama administration has argued that the U.S. has to exhibit leadership on emissions cuts (most recently through Environmental Protection Agency rules on existing and new power plants), and that the U.S.'s credibility at forthcoming climate talks in Paris rests on a demonstration of American commitment.

Read the article here.

Tags: obama administration, obama administration, neil bhatiya, climate change, american climate change

Israel Renews Gaza Bombing After Hamas Rejects Truce Plan

July 18, 2014 BY: Michael Wahid Hanna TOPICS: Foreign Policy

Bloomberg quotes TCF senior fellow Michael Hanna in a recent article discussing Israel and Gaza.


Egypt’s current administration, unlike the one that brokered the 2012 cease-fire, is hostile to Islamist movements.
“The Egyptian initiative, frankly, looks like a trap with respect to Hamas,” Michael Hanna, a senior fellow at The Century Foundation, said by phone. “If they accepted the cease-fire terms, they would get no concessions and would look as if they were backing down. And if they rejected it they would be seen as scuttling attempts to de-escalate. It was absolutely designed that way.”
Hamas leaders say they seek an easing of border restrictions imposed by both Israel and Egypt.

Read the article here.

Tags: michael hanna, israel, hanna, egypt


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