Benjamin Mayer
Benjamin Mayer
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A 3-Minute Video Tells You What Iranians Really Think Of America

The popular image of Iranians is of an irrational people bent on war. These average Iranians show just how wrong this is.

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How to Reach a Nuclear Deal With Iran: Silence the Hardliners

As newly elected President Rouhani fends off hardliners in Iran, it is crucial that the ones in the U.S. and Israel don’t sabotage his efforts. They could undo any nuclear deal with Iran.
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Despite Netanyahu's UN Speech, Iran and Israel Can Still Be Frenemies

Both Netanyahu and Rouhani will have to overcome domestic politics for an agreement to be met.
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Charges Against Nobel Prize Winner El-Baradei Show What's Wrong With Egypt

The frivolous case against El-Baradei disproves the idea that the Egyptian military has any democratic sympathies.
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Syria 2013: What A U.S. Air Strike Means For Israel and Palestine

Congress must realize that a strike on Syria will likely disrupt ongoing peace negotiations in Jerusalem.
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The Egyptian Military Has Done the Muslim Brotherhood A Huge Favor

With its brutality, the Egyptian military is undermining any salvageable legitimacy of the post-coup government and strengthening the political position of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Drone Attacks and Government Surveillance Put America's Future at Risk

As the first president of the digital-age, Obama has not placed new technology within a legal framework that simultaneouslty protects civil liberties and promotes international responsibility.
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The One Thing Egypt, Turkey, and Occupy Wall Street Protests Have in Common

Mass-mobilizations have become more rapid, but have proven inadept at constructing novel political intuitions capable of effecting long-term change.
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For Immigrants, the U.S. is Still the Best Destination — Despite Our Government

Will the U.S. government squander the durable appeal of America for immigrants?
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Biden Goes to India: A Defining Partnership, Or Squabbling Cousins?

In addition to kind words, the United States and India will have to make tough decisions to cement their tentative relationship into a durable partnership.
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Is the EU Losing Turkey?

Turkey's ongoing identity crisis may impact its future in the EU, as a recent poll shows that two-thirds of Turks no longer favor EU membership.

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The One Consistent Thing We See In All Of the "Democracies" In the Middle East

If democracy is to succeed in the Middle East, the ruling faction must be committed to protecting the rights of the minority and working within a constitutional framework. That is not happening.