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Dealing with ISIS
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What Price? What Stakes?

Sound policy requires more than just tactical evaluations.

Obama’s Middle East Diplomacy
Allies Raging Against the Dying Light

President Obama believes that a nuclear deal with Iran could produce “a new geopolitical equilibrium.” So far, our allies in the Middle East aren’t buying his assurances.

Foreign Policy Adrift
Middle East “Stability:” Do We Care? Should We?

The problem with President Obama’s unprecedented “hands-off” policy for the Middle East.

Wait It Out
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Obama’s Real Strategy for the Islamic State

Last year President Obama told the UN that the U.S. and its allies would “dismantle” and “destroy” ISIS. Now he says ISIS will destroy itself…“ultimately.”

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South China Sea Change

The Chinese are pulling back from the disputed Scarborough Shoal: is this a new normal or a temporary olive branch?

Latin Lefty Meltdown

It’s a sign of frustration—and a sign of Maduro’s temporary upper-hand.

Washington's Malaysia Malaise

Malaysia is preparing for its first major defense agreement with China, a sign that Beijing’s diplomacy is paying off.

Low-Hanging Fruit

We need more diesel technicians, welders, and pipe fitters.

Crude Economics

If the Saudis don’t bite the bullet next month, the cartel’s relevance will fade significantly.

Why We Can't Have Nice Things

An expert working on the project cautions the MTA may miss its next deadline.

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