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Middle East Mess
What Happened to the “Resistance Axis”?

Bad things sometimes happen to bad people—like the unholy alliance of Iran, Syria, Hezbollah, and Hamas.

The Middle East
Egypt and Qatar: Frenemies?

Qatar may have dialed back its support for Islamist movements, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be best friends again with Egypt and the Gulf states.

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Can the U.S. Help End the Intra-GCC Rift?

For years the United States has relied on the Gulf Cooperation Council as a force multiplier and an oasis of stability in a volatile part of the world, but internal disagreements are now threatening the GCC’s unity.

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Putin's Retirement Plan?

The sanctioned Russian bank VTB, a Kremlin favorite, had a critical role to play in the sale of a government oil company stake last month. Cui bono?

the grass is always greener

The GOP has spent altogether too much energy raging against the Affordable Care Act and altogether too little developing and building support for alternatives.

Law & Order

A new study estimates just how much police reduce crime rates.

Crude Economics

It’s not enough to balance supply and demand—petrostates need to contend with crude in storage, as well.

Asia's Game of Thrones

Do the defense minister’s words signify a rift within Manila’s top leadership?

Post-EU

Over the weekend, PEOTUS assured Britain of a speedy bilateral trade deal as soon as he’s in office. If things go well for Britain, look to some other wavering EU countries to start looking at their options.

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