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David Schenker

David Schenker is a senior fellow and director of the Program on Arab Politics at The Washington Institute. Previously, he served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as Levant country director, the Pentagon's top policy aide on the Arab countries of the Levant. In that capacity, he was responsible for advising the secretary and other senior Pentagon leadership on the military and political affairs of Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and the Palestinian territories. He was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service in 2005.

Mid-East Cold War Continued: Ahmedinejad and Feltman in Damascus

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visited Damascus yesterday. According to reports , while in Syria, Ahmadinejad was scheduled to meet with the heads of ten resident Palestinian terrorist organizations. At a joint press conference on Tuesday May 5th with his guest, Syrian President Bashar Asad, emphasized...

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Potential Costs of Obama Administration

Contrary to the prevailing wisdom which holds that there's little downside to diplomatic engagement with Washington's adversaries in the Middle East, there could be a significant cost associated with the Obama Administration's talks with Syria. While the potential gains of the Administration's initiative may justify...

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Dancing with Damascus: Washington Engages by David Schenker

Two senior Administration officials will travel to Damascus for meetings with their Syrian counterparts. Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs Jeffrey Feltman and NSC Middle East Director Dan Shapiro's visit constitutes the highest-level US-Syria bilateral contact in years. The meeting follows...

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