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Aaron David Miller
2017 and Beyond
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US Democracy Promotion: Aim Lower

An effective foreign policy requires us to temper our ambitions and act with restraint.

Iran and the Bomb
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Why the U.S. Can’t Ride the Iranian Tiger

If the Obama administration thinks it can use a nuclear deal to domesticate Iran, it should think again.

The Saudi Summit
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Why Obama Won’t Give (or Get) Much in Saudi Arabia

President Obama will have his hands full in Riyadh later this week working with the Saudis in light of recent policy differences. Unlike Lehman Brothers, however, the U.S.-Saudi relationship really is too big to fail.

Don't Do Anything Damn Foolish

A veteran State Department negotiator assesses peace prospects.

Something New Under the Sun

Shlomo Ben-Ami has done something remarkable, says a veteran U.S. Middle East Diplomat: He’s said something new.

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Walter Russell Mead & Staff
Putin's Retirement Plan?

The sanctioned Russian bank VTB, a Kremlin favorite, had a critical role to play in the sale of a government oil company stake last month. Cui bono?

the grass is always greener

The GOP has spent altogether too much energy raging against the Affordable Care Act and altogether too little developing and building support for alternatives.

Law & Order

A new study estimates just how much police reduce crime rates.

Crude Economics

It’s not enough to balance supply and demand—petrostates need to contend with crude in storage, as well.

Asia's Game of Thrones

Do the defense minister’s words signify a rift within Manila’s top leadership?

Post-EU

Over the weekend, PEOTUS assured Britain of a speedy bilateral trade deal as soon as he’s in office. If things go well for Britain, look to some other wavering EU countries to start looking at their options.

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