Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- February 8, 2018

Simon Tisdall, The Guardian: Amid the chaos of Syria, will Israel and Iran launch an all-out war?

Neither country will benefit from a new Middle East conflict, but unless they cease military clashes, such as those inside Syria last weekend, hopes of peace remain fragile

Tensions between Israel and Iran have hit a new high following last weekend’s unprecedented military clashes inside Syria. The fighting has intensified fears that the Middle East is heading for all-out war. But such alarming predictions assume both protagonists standing toe-to-toe, actuallywant to fight. Is this reallytrue?

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- February 8, 2018

Fears of Syrian war expanding might trigger peace deal -- AFP

Is Iraq Drawdown the Next Afghanistan Blunder? -- Lorenzo Gazzola, Observer

Looking back at the Iraq war, 15 years on -- James J. Zogby, Special to Gulf News

Turkey’s outreach hints at Ottoman revival -- Jonathan Gorvett, Asia Times

Taliban Still Intent on Ruling Afghanistan After ‘Peaceful’ Message to U.S. -- Bill Roggio, Long War Journal

Ignore the Olympic Hype on North Korea—Moon Will Likely Go to Pyongyang -- Robert E Kelly, National Interest

'Kim Jong-un's goal has not changed' -- Kim Jae-kyoung, Korea Times

Has China Bought Brunei's South China Sea Silence? -- The Diplomat

Are China’s border incursions only an exercise in paranoia? -- Asia Times editorial

Why a South China Sea Diplomatic Breakthrough Is Unlikely: How to Respond to Beijing's Continued Military Buildup -- Gregory Poling, Foreign Affairs

China’s next ideological front -- Peter Marino, Reuters

Pakistan’s Saudi deployment risks entanglement in Yemen -- Kunwar Khuldune Shahid and Saikat Datta, Asia Times

Can Cairo talks succeed in uniting Libya's divided armed forces? -- George Mikhail, Al-Monitor

'Bad guy' Russia emerges as central player in Western diplomacy -- Robin Emmott, Andrea Shalal, Reuters

Munich Security Conference: How to stop a post-caliphate jihad? -- Matthias von Hein, DW

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