Fascinating BloggingHeads exchanging between middle east expert and former State Department official Aaron David Miller and Eli Lake of the Washington Times. Miller argues (pretty convincingly, I’d say) that the Obama administration should focus its diplomatic efforts on a detente between Israel and Syria. This will be hard, he says, but is achievable in the near term and can provide momentum for a lasting regional peace. Check it out.

UPDATE: The U.S. Institute of Peace must have been listening. They’ve just announced a panel discussion on the topic here in DC, scheduled for this Friday afternoon.

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