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by Amos Yadlin and Avner Golov, 

On Wednesday, August 28, 2013, President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron affirmed that a chemical weapons attack had taken place in Syria the previous week and "there was no doubt that the Assad regime was responsible."  (Full Story)

As part of the difficult task of establishing an interim government in Egypt, Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi appointed Nabil Fahmy as Foreign Minister. The previous week Mohamed ElBaradei was appointed Vice President for Foreign Affairs (a new position tailored specifically for ElBaradei, following ElBaradei’s attempt to become prime minister of the interim government, which failed because of Salafist opposition). (Full Story)
Adly Mansour, the chief justice of Egypt's Supreme Court has been sworn in as the country's interim leader, a day after the military ousted Egypt's first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi. (Full Story)
by Udi Dekel,

The ongoing war in Syria, which began as an internal uprising against the government of Bashar al-Assad, became a sectarian civil war, and developed into a regional conflict between Sunnis and Shiites, has confronted the United States with a strategic quandary. (Full Story)

Washington, DC – What started as a small environmental protest at Gezi Park in Istanbul quickly escalated into nationwide anti-government demonstrations that pulled together artists, feminists, soccer clubs, Kemalist-secularists and Kurds after riot police cracked down on the protestors. (Full Story)
by Zvi Magen 

Along with the events on the ground in Syria, the war for the country’s future is being waged on the international level. The principal players are the United States and Russia, conducting this clash while resorting alternately to pressure, threats, and attempts at dialogue. (Full Story)

By Galia Lindenstrauss, Orit Perlov and Timur Saitov

The protests that started at Taksim Square in Istanbul and have spread to other locations throughout Turkey are among the most interesting developments to have occurred in the country since the Justice and Development Party first came to power over a decade ago. (Full Story)

JERUSALEM — Israel has attacked targets in Syria, raising fears that the Syrian civil war could spread into a broader regional conflict. (Full Story)
by David Friedman,

On April 23, 2013, at the INSS annual conference "Security Challenges of the 21st Century," Brig. Gen. Itai Brun, head of the Research Division of IDF Military Intelligence, said that Israel has information indicating that Assad’s forces used a lethal chemical weapon several times against the rebels, likely sarin, along with incapacitating chemical agents. (Full Story)

British Prime Minister David Cameron says there is growing evidence the Syrian government has used chemical weapons against rebels, backing up a report by U.S. intelligence agencies. Cameron on Friday called the development "very disturbing," adding that it would amount to a war crime and should represent a "red line" for the international community. (Full Story)
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