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Aaron Stein
The Ties That Bind
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Donald Trump and the War for Raqqa

The Trump Administration faces some of the same dilemmas as did the Obama Administration in Syria.

Syrian Civil War
Grounding Assad

A no-fly zone in Syria, though difficult to arrange, could prove pivotal in ending the ongoing civil war.

Trouble in Turkey
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The Fallout of the Failed Coup

The attempted putsch and the purge that followed will leave Turkey weaker for years to come.

The Middle East Aflame
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Turkey’s Two-Front War

Ankara is now squeezed between the fight against IS in Syria and the fight against the PKK at home.

Dealing with Iran
Is Turkey Going Nuclear?

Ankara’s take on the Iran deal isn’t what the superficial analysis of geopolitics suggests.

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Higher Education Watch

GOP legislators are beclowning themselves by proposing utterly unworkable solutions that infringe on academic freedom and in any case would make things far worse.

Asia's Game of Thrones

On behalf of ASEAN, the Philippines has issued a rare expression of unanimous concern over China’s actions in the South China Sea.

Climate Obsession

The Gray Lady sees the climate change bogeyman behind every closet door. In the case of Mexico City, it’s a profoundly shoddy diagnosis.

Disunion

Trump voters were right that the nation needs change and that the “best and the brightest” are failing the nation the way they did during the Vietnam War.

Mullah Mismanagement

Many multi-ethnic states have broken down over the past 150 years, and Iran risks going the same way.

Presidents' Day

Presidents’ Day is a holiday about nobody that teaches nothing.

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