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The Kurds’ Proxy Trap

Will the Kurds’ proxy fight against ISIS work against their national aspirations in the long run?

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Israel and the Kurds: Love by Proxy

The asymmetrical but rewarding relationship between two Middle East minority nations.

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Israel-Turkey-Kurdish Oil Deal Points to Possible Alliance

Reports that Israel is buying Kurdish oil shipped through Turkey raise some interesting possibilities for a lasting alliance in a chronically unstable region.

The Kurdish Question
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The Elephant in the Room

Across the Middle East, Kurdish politics are growing more assertive and self-confident. The status quo is increasingly untenable, but the United States appears to have no game plan.

Will the Kurds Get Their Way?

The rising prospect of Kurdish independence, with Iraqi Kurdistan as its epicenter, portends major disruptions in Southwest Asia and beyond.

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The Inauguration

As Donald Trump takes the oath, an essay on the historical forces that have shaped this moment by Walter Russell Mead.

Recessional

Clearly a lot of frustration for the outgoing American President has been stored up in the Russian psyche.

the roots of populism

If the term “intellectual” only encompasses thinkers on the Left, then it is only natural that right-wing populists would turn it into a slur.

Rebuilding America

Paul Ryan will target $40 in private investment for every $1 his caucus approves in infrastructure spending.

Violence in Myanmar

Many of Myanmar’s long-suffering Rohingyas are now turning to internationally funded Islamist insurgents to resist the government.

The Shale Rebound

Texas’s Permian Basin has been called “the crown jewel of the world’s oil and gas industry.”

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