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The Middle East & Beyond
Iran and the Bomb
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Sleepwalking

As bad as the nuclear negotiations seem, things are actually turning out well—or at least as well as could have been expected in a genuinely terrible and terrifying situation.

Understanding Ourselves
The Exit Interview: A Conversation with Andrew Marshall

The creator and 42-year director of the Pentagon’s Office of Net Assessment plots his next career move.

The Middle East and Beyond
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Politics as Bloodsport

The troubling remark everyone missed in Tom Friedman’s interview with President Obama—and some ruminations on the sad state of American political discourse.

Post Script
Reading the Lausanne Tea Leaves

The wise way to react to what happened yesterday is not to jump to premature conclusions, and certainly not to jump to confusions fueled by either wishful thinking or undue pessimism. The dance with Iran has only just begun.

Middle East Mess
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Good Work If You Can Get It

What do souring U.S.-Israeli relations, the blooming war in Yemen, and the nuclear talks with Iran have to do with each other? A lot, but not in the ways you might think.

The GOP Letter to Iran
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All’s Well That Ends Well?

The GOP Senators’ letter to Iran was a bad, irresponsible move—but it may turn out for the best anyway.

Wishing Does Not Make It So
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The Arms Control Fallacy

No arms control agreement is likely to stop Iran, no matter what people inside and out of the administration would like to think.

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
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What the MSM Is Failing to Tell You

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

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The Costs of Green Dreams

The environmental and economic costs of Germany’s decision to shut down its nuclear reactors are growing.

Wealth of nations

India’s Hindu temples have huge stores of gold sitting idle outside the banking system. Modi wants to change that, and it’s rankling important parts of his Hindu base. This is the Modi paradox: religious nationalism and liberal economic reform, and the tension between them.

Don't Cry to Me Argentina

The President tells her people (and the web): “Everything has to do with everything.”

Culture Wars

Chinese scientists are facing a big backlash for an unethical experiment that edited the DNA of embryos—a historical first. The controversy over DNA modification will be one of our biggest debates in coming decades.

Putin's Prospects

Russian workers who have gone without pay due to the economic troubles are protesting at the national scale. Is this a serious threat to the Putin regime?

The Afterparty Rages On

Libya’s failure becomes a campaign issue in the UK. Hillary should be worried, too.

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