Guest Post by Tom Kutsch: Five Minutes on Netanyahu’s Visit to Washington



Tom Kutsch is a Program Associate at the New America Foundation/Middle East Task Force. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Washington on Monday represents the Obama administration’s first opportunity to implement a new American strategy for achieving Israeli-Palestinian peace.

Low Oil Price Compels Baghdad To Allow Kurdish Exports



Iraq’s central government appears likely to begin allowing the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) that controls northern Iraq to begin exporting oil through Iraq’s main pipeline, in the latest unexpected consequence of the global economic crisis. A year ago, this kind of decision would have been unthinkable in the absence of a comprehensive national hydrocarbons law….