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The Middle East & Beyond
The Arab-Israeli Roller Coaster
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The Next Arab-Israeli Peace Process

Nothing is inevitable and nothing is impossible when it comes to the Arab-Israeli situation, but certain things are very, very unlikely.

The Neverending Conflict
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Are the Palestinians Thinking the Unthinkable?

In secret negotiations, Abbas told the Israeli opposition leader he would be willing to give up the “right of return.”

Here We Go Again
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What Orlando Doesn’t Mean

Every time a terrorist atrocity occurs in the U.S. or Europe, the same distorted and highly predictable nonsense pours forth from our media.

By the Numbers
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More Fun with Economists

The real mystery isn’t why there’s a mismatch between our economic metrics and reality. It’s why we should expect them to line up in the first place.

Facts and Fiction
The Bullshistory of “Sykes-Picot”

History lesson: Sykes-Picot did not—repeat, did not—establish the borders of the modern Middle East.

Word Magic
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Rhodes to Ruin

Postmodern politicking didn’t start with the Obama Administration, but it has reached its apotheosis with Ben Rhodes.

Syria
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On With the War

Bashar al-Assad and company are actually trying to win the war. This is a somehow still a surprise in certain quarters.

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How to Misunderstand What Didn’t Happen

The Russians didn’t “intervene” is Syria so much as “surge” there. The surge is ending, with most of the Kremlin’s immediate goals accomplished. But Russia is still in Syria.

Frenemies
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The Stupidity of Saudi Bashing

It’s a little like a drug high, with a purposeless sense of exhilaration quickly giving way to a serious headache. If you’re tempted, seek counseling.

Election 2016
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On the Trumpenproletariat

Trump is for real, like it or not, because the people who are attracted to him have real problems, and for the most part they are problems not of their own making.

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the 45th president

A more important question than whether the botched health bill passes the House.

Red Tape

Trump is ready to streamline energy regulations, but that won’t be a big help to oil companies’ bottom line.

He Said He Said

All corruption revelations are due to tactical leaking in Russia. So who’s out to get Dmitry Medvedev?

Nuclear Strategy

A technical fix to America’s aging warheads could raise tensions with Russia by undermining its nuclear deterrent.

K-12 Blues

Teenagers from abroad overwhelmingly think that American schools demand less of them than schools in their home countries.

Crude Economics

Riyadh is effectively ceding market share directly to US frackers.

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