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The Middle East & Beyond
The Middle East and Beyond
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How Bad Are U.S.-Israeli Relations?

And how important are they in the grand scheme of things?

Pay it Back
Unforgiven, With Arab Characteristics

Jordan’s King Abdallah trained as a Special Operations soldier as a young man. That may give you some insight into what kind of response ISIS should expect from Jordan in the wake of the immolation of its pilot.

The Middle East and Beyond
What the MSM Is Failing to Tell You

The missing context behind the recent Hizballah attacks on Israel, and ISIS attacks on Saudi Arabia.

About Politics
The State of the Campaign

The State of the Union address had nothing to do with governing, everything to do with political posturing—with a mediated-image twist.

The Crystal Ball
Seven Shocking Possibilities for the Middle East in 2015

Prognostication is always a mug’s game, and nowhere more so than in the Middle East. Nevertheless, it’s a fun game to play, especially when the subject is a region so poorly understood by the U.S. mainstream media that it frequently gets blindsided by events.

Presidential Language
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Be It Resolved

In the course of an interview with NPR’s Steve Inskeep released earlier this week, President Obama tried to flatter the Supreme Leader and other assorted higher-ups in Tehran. Will it work?

A Holiday in Poetry and Prose

The story of Hanukah—the “Sunday School” version, and what really happened.

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.

Seasonal Markers
Tolerance, Forgiveness, and Gratitude

A Thanksgiving meditation.

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The Oldest Hatred

Hatred of Jews keeps getting more popular worldwide. Europe, despite its governments’ efforts to protect its Jewish citizens, is no exception.

China's Christians

Beijing is targeting charities, non-profits, and other civic groups. This could also signal that its persecution of Christians is about to get worse.

Diversifying the Portfolio

A crash in Asian LNG markets could be sending U.S. shale gas to Europe. Putin won’t be pleased.

Buying Smarter

Brussels mooted the idea of an energy union this week, a policy that would allow it to kill Putin’s divide-and-conquer gas sales strategy.

Muslim Asian Tiger

Indonesia is working hard to attract tourists from the Middle East. This potential Muslim Asian tiger should be on everyone’s list of countries to watch.

Super-advanced Psy-ops?

Adding insult to injury, Pentagon officials were forced to publicly back off last week’s ill-judged announcement that an attack on the ISIS-occupied city of Mosul was being planned for the spring. Just what is going on inside the Obama administration?

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