Dr. Jonathan Rynhold

Dr. Jonathan Rynhold

Dr. Jonathan Rynhold

(Ph.D. London School of Economics) Specializes in Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy, the Arab-Israeli peace process, U.S.-Israel relations, Israeli politics and foreign policy, U.S. public opinion, UK-Israeli relations, and issues related to NGOs and BDS.
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The Kerry-Qatar Ceasefire Document: What it Says About American Strategy in the Middle East

| August 3, 2014

Last week’s failed ceasefire proposal by John Kerry highlights the clash between the Obama administration’s approach to the Middle East, and the strategy preferred by Israel and other American allies in the region.

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Winning the BDS Battle

| January 5, 2014

To defeat BDS, the government should let Israeli society and pro-Israel groups abroad take the lead, and focus the debate on Israel’s legitimacy.

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The West’s Hubris: Is the Price of the Iraq War a Nuclear Iran?

| November 11, 2013

The West was arrogant thinking it could transform Iraq into a stable democracy in 2003. Believing that Iran can be dissuaded from its course without the credible threat of military strikes is an even greater show of hubris.

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The Republican Primaries and the Israel Acid Test

| February 15, 2012

Support for Israel in the strategic sphere has become an acid test of presidential credibility on national security.

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The Obama Doctrine for the Middle East

| May 23, 2011

Obama maintains a grossly overoptimistic assessment of regional realities, which could have dangerous unintended consequences for the US and Israel.

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US Policy Regarding the Upheaval in Egypt: Endangering the Strategic Foundations of Regional Stability

| February 7, 2011

The dream of turning Cairo 2011 into “Berlin 1989″ is a chimera; the challenge is to prevent “Tehran 1979.” Obama Administration policy, however, threatens to widen the crack in the strategic foundations of regional stability that has served as the indispensable basis of peacemaking since the mid 1970s.

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Netanyahu’s Begin-Sadat Center Speech: An Attempt at Consensus Diplomacy

| June 15, 2009

The speech represents a political success for Netanyahu, as he managed to improve relations with the US while simultaneously keeping his governing coalition intact. But down the line he will need a national unity government to make difficult decisions on settlements and more.

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President Obama’s Cairo Speech: The Question Left Unanswered – Iran

| June 9, 2009

Obama’s “soft power” approach cannot form the basis for a sound, workable American strategy in the Middle East. The speech lacked resolve regarding the most urgent problem for Israel and America’s other regional allies – the imminent threat of Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

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President Obama and the Middle East Challenge

| November 6, 2008

Barack Obama has enunciated a clear program for Middle East policy based on multilateralism and negotiations to deal with Iran, Iraq and the Arab-Israeli conflict. In reality he will have to make tough choices when other countries reject the US approach, especially with regard to Iran.

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The Failure of the Oslo Process: Inherently Flawed or Flawed Implementation?

| June 16, 2008

Liberals argued that the Oslo process collapsed because it was not implemented properly; while Realists said that the process was flawed from the outset. Israel and the Palestinians were ripe for negotiations but not for conflict resolution because the parties remained too far apart on core issues. Attempts at integration actually made matters worse by increasing friction. The key to conflict management is not integration but physical and political separation.

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