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The Middle East & Beyond
Truth and Lies
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The Tortured Report

The Senate’s torture report is a difficult document to parse—especially if you don’t have the proper historical context and knowledge.

The Middle East and Beyond
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Of Humanitarian Zones, Ghost Soldiers, Kurdish Ways, and Calculating Mullahs

Iran, not the Islamic State, is at the core of our strategic problem set. Understanding that is key to understanding some of the big stories to come out of the Middle East in recent days.

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Tolerance, Forgiveness, and Gratitude

A Thanksgiving meditation.

A Response to Peter Berger
Cross-Cultural Atheism and Social Capital

If pluralization depletes social capital, then might cross-cultural non-believers find some way to join together to create new forms of social capital, both in situ and virtually via the internet for example?

You Tell Me It's the Institution?
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More Good News from the Middle East

The brighter side of the not-so-good headlines dominating the news.

Talking Turkey

How the intricacies of U.S.-Turkish relations may figure into the meek nature of the U.S. air campaign against ISIS.

Culture Wars
American Sex and the Middle East

We Americans talk about sex publicly all the time these days, but it rarely dawns on America’s cultural warriors that foreigners overhear these conversations. The consequences are not always trivial.

The Wars of the Reluctant
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The Bad, The Worse, and the Lousy

Reluctant warriors like Woodrow Wilson, LBJ, and President Obama make special kinds of mistakes. We will see how those mistakes develop this time around.

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The Coalition That Isn’t

Is General Dempsey chomping at the bit to go kill Arabs? Not at all. He is simply worried, as a competent military professional ought to be, that the anti-ISIS coalition-building effort the President announced in a primetime Oval Office speech on September 10 is not going so well. Actually, it’s going so very not well.

The President's Speech
Do We Have a Strategy Now?

The President’s speech was good as oratory, but the lack of understanding of what is really going on in the Middle East means that the strategy the White House seems bent on pursuing is unlikely to succeed.

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Good News for Gluttons

Not planning on dieting this holiday season? Our planet’s climate thanks you.

Frack Baby Frack

Fracking hasn’t found much success outside of the U.S., but don’t expect that to last.

Education Gets Smart

Washington, DC gets in on the act, seeking to improve its high school dropout rates. Bravo!

Frack Attack

While greens applauded Cuomo’s decision to ban fracking, many are concerned that the state is losing a crucial economic opportunity.


The state of historic Presidents is in deep financial trouble. A new study about state corruption doesn’t inspire confidence in its ability to recover.

The Persecution Rests

Alexei Navalny, the polarizing anti-corruption activist and opponent of Vladimir Putin, is being charged with corruption. He may not be as admirable as Westerners think, but don’t count on a fair trial.

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