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The Middle East & Beyond
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More Good News from the Middle East

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

Complexities
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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.

Warfighting
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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.

An Empty Toolbox
Fighting Ebola

Whenever the U.S. Government has a choice between doing nothing and sending in the cavalry to sort out a non-vital national security contingency, it is a sure sign of an antecedent failure of imagination and planning.

Muddling Through In The Middle East
Toot, Toot

Just a day or two ago came the news that the Libyan government, such as it is, has lost control of its own capital—Tripoli—not long after losing control of its airport there. The rump government is holed up in Tobruk now while Misuratan and Islamist rebels (Ansar al-Sharia and others) roam the capital’s desultory urban […]

The Latest News From the Muddle East
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U.S. Influence Drip-Dripping Away

The United Arab Emirates and Egypt bombed Libya without consulting with the United States. Mahmoud Abbas is set to unveil an initiative for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the content of which the United States will not see beforehand. Leading from behind, indeed.

Noodling
What’s Going On

The state and the state system alike are in trouble, and the reasons may go deeper than most suspect.

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Pyramid Power

Tourism is making a recovery in Egypt, bolstering the Arab world’s third largest economy. But the return to normalcy is threatened by the growing risk of renewed political instability.

The Francis Era

Several recent stories show Pope Francis pursuing a reform agenda that is more nuanced, and more in continuity with the work of his predecessors, than many realize.

Crude Economics

Russia’s finance minister said that the combination of sanctions and falling oil prices will cost Moscow up to $140 billion a year. Of that, oil prices are by far the bigger factor.

Disease Control

Move over Ebola. A plague outbreak in Madagascar has gone pneumonic, meaning that it’s capable of being spread by coughing.

Weighing the Cost

Iran’s new status quo on sanctions has them receiving more in a month than we’ve given to Syrian rebels in total.

Towards Russia With Love

Europe’s extreme politicians love to contrast Putin’s masculine statebuilding with the state of emasculated Europe under the aegis of American military control. Marine Le Pen’s 9 million euro sweetheart deal with a Russian bank only highlights the friendly ties between Vladimir Putin and the European far right and left.

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