Lawrence Haas

  • John Kerry’s Palestinian Investment Plan Sidesteps Central TruismsJohn Kerry’s Palestinian Investment Plan Sidesteps Central Truisms

    May 30 2013 8:22 AM

    I suspect that I’m like many of you. I want to believe Israeli-Palestinian peace is coming.

  • America Plays The ‘Weak Horse’ In SyriaAmerica Plays The ‘Weak Horse’ In Syria

    May 16 2013 9:14 AM

    In essence, Syria has become not just a gruesome civil war, but also a proxy war with significant global implications.

  • Stakes Too High To Ignore Democracy’s RetreatStakes Too High To Ignore Democracy’s Retreat

    April 18 2013 11:36 AM

    While the advance of democracy is stalling, public support for democracy is also falling across the developing world.

  • Time For US To See Turkey As It IsTime For US To See Turkey As It Is

    April 04 2013 11:28 AM

    Washington’s reluctance to recognize the fundamental change under way in the Turkey of Erdogan shouldn't surprise us.

  • What I Hope Obama Asked AbbasWhat I Hope Obama Asked Abbas

    March 21 2013 10:43 AM

    As you surely know, Mr. President, a true and lasting peace cannot be imposed on a reluctant people.

  • Chavez’s Death A Huge Opportunity -- If Venezuelans Can Seize It

    March 07 2013 11:13 AM

    Will the government Chavez left behind conduct a fair election to replace him?

  • The Disturbing Anonymity Of Lars HedegaardThe Disturbing Anonymity Of Lars Hedegaard

    February 21 2013 11:21 AM

    Hedegaard is not the only critic of Islamic culture who’s been targeted for death in Denmark or elsewhere in Europe.

  • Rest assured -- Nuclear Talks With Iran Are ResumingRest assured -- Nuclear Talks With Iran Are Resuming

    February 07 2013 10:36 AM

    Though Iran often exaggerates its nuclear progress, nuclear and military experts suggested it may not be bluffing this time.

  • Does America Know Its Own Best Interests?Does America Know Its Own Best Interests?

    January 24 2013 10:45 AM

    Obama raised eyebrows recently when word leaked he had been privately saying "Israel doesn't know what its own best interests are."

  • Hagel, Kerry, And The Combat ExperienceHagel, Kerry, And The Combat Experience

    January 10 2013 10:12 AM

    If confirmed, Chuck Hagel and John Kerry will bring to their positions as Secretaries of Defense and State, respectively, an unusual on-the-ground perspective on war-making from their days in Vietnam.

  • For The United States, A Treacherous New Year

    December 27 2012 1:42 PM

    Happy New Year -- we should hope -- because 2013 could prove a defining one on a host of interrelated challenges in the Greater Middle East, with profound consequences for the United States and its allies.

  • The New York Times’ Creative Take On Hamas And Israel The New York Times’ Creative Take On Hamas And Israel

    December 13 2012 10:18 AM

    Yes, it is unfortunate that Israeli leaders may hear Hamas' Khaled Meshal's words and somehow conclude Hamas is an "enemy" that "intends to continue to use military force."

  • Empowering Arab WomenEmpowering Arab Women

    November 15 2012 10:00 AM

    A country can’t maximize its socio-economic performance when half of its people can’t participate fully in its socio-economic life.

  • Iran’s Threat In America’s BackyardIran’s Threat In America’s Backyard

    November 01 2012 11:05 AM

    The recent launch of talks between Iranian and Argentine officials over how to improve relations between their countries is troubling enough from a moral standpoint, but the strategic implications are even worse.

  • We Need A New Vision For The Greater Middle EastWe Need A New Vision For The Greater Middle East

    October 18 2012 12:41 PM

    Neither President Barack Obama, nor Gov. Mitt Romney is addressing the need for a new, visionary framework that serves U.S. interests in the region.

  • The Problem Of PakistanThe Problem Of Pakistan

    October 04 2012 2:52 PM

    The troubling travails of Rimsha Masih, a Christian teenager who lives near Islamabad and is facing blasphemy charges for allegedly burning pages of the Koran to cook, reflects the growing intolerance toward religious minorities that amounts to what one expert calls a “gradual genocide” in Pakistan.

  • In Putin We Trust?In Putin We Trust?

    September 20 2012 12:42 PM

    Our leaders do this from time to time -- convince themselves they can change the ways of an authoritarian ruler and, through a mix of logic, sweet talk, and carrots, convince him to do what we’d like.

  • Post-Election, Iran Could Become Obama’s Decision

    September 06 2012 1:59 PM

    For the moment, let’s set aside the friction in U.S.-Israeli relations over Iran’s nuclear program, which serves neither Washington nor Jerusalem.

  • Jack, Ina, And The Lessons Of HistoryJack, Ina, And The Lessons Of History

    August 23 2012 1:25 PM

    He and Ina have a story that's both charming and important. It speaks to the power of love, to the human instinct to survive in the midst of horror, to the role of fate in determining who lives and who dies.

  • U.S. Should Forcefully Encourage Free Elections In Georgia

    July 26 2012 3:12 PM

    Freedom and democracy don’t come easily to a land that’s known precious little of it over time.