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Analysis by Walter Russell Mead & Staff
October 21, 2014
Islamic Statecraft

ISIS Executes Hundreds of Sunni Tribesmen

The Washington Post reports that ISIS faced a significant Sunni uprising in August and replied with mass slaughter. Sunni revulsion toward ISIS could be a key ingredient in its defeat.

Frack Baby Frack

North Dakota Races to Frack Better

North Dakota is setting all kinds of oil and gas drilling records, and is showing signs of continued improvement. In fact, drillers in the state are already working on cutting down on the flaring of excess gas—a win for both industry and the environment.

Hong Kong Chaos

Hong Kong Leadership Digs In Its Heels

The leader of Hong Kong and the President of China are both sending clear signals that they are not even considering making significant concessions to Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protest movement.

ISIS' Foreign Fighters

Denmark’s Deluded Policy for Returning Jihadis

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.

Network News

Watch WRM and Francis Fukuyama Talk About ISIS

Some representatives of the American Interest were on CNN recently talking about President Obama’s strategies for dealing with ISIS.

Reddit AMA

Tune in to Walter Russell Mead’s AMA Tomorrow

TAI Editor-at-Large Walter Russell Mead will be conducting a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” tomorrow, October 22, at 2 p.m. EDT, so start thinking of any questions you’d like to have answered!

The Post-Snowden Age

ISIS Goes Offline

The group has embraced a social media blackout to guard against data monitoring by the U.S. Are we seeing the fallout from Edward Snowden’s revelations?

Art and Responsibility

Klinghoffer: A Night at the Opera

John Adams’ Klinghoffer may portray Leon Klinghoffer’s murderers in a more sympathetic light than many might prefer, but it is neither an endorsement of nor an apology for the murder. It is, however, a morally questionable production, as the composer and librettist turned a family’s private grief into a public spectacle—against their will.

Sunni vs. Shiite

Saudis Sentence Leading Shiite Cleric to Death

Prosecutors request beheading, then crucifixion.

The Protests in Hong Kong

Has Beijing Lost Taiwan for Good?

Taipei is very closely watching Beijing’s actions in Hong Kong—and so far it doesn’t like what it sees.

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