Adam Garfinkle
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The Middle East & Beyond
April 10, 2014
Saying It And Meaning It

Is The Red Line Back?

A report alleges that the Assad regime has used chemical weapons again. Does the Obama Administration care that its threats and warnings mean so little in this ever-more chaotic world?

March 28, 2014
A Remembrance

James Schlesinger, R.I.P.

Jim Schlesigner was a great man, a consequential man, and an enigmatic man too in some ways.

February 2, 2014
Diplomacy Update

Overselling and (So Far) Under-delivering

From Syria to Iran and to the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, Secretary Kerry’s boosters have managed to cleverly market his moves as genuine achievements.

January 29, 2014
Pete Seeger

So Long, It’s Been a Bit Strange to Know You

Seeger was an unrepentant communist (with a small c). But the criticisms of his politics always seemed to bear too personal an edge.

January 21, 2014
Obama's Middle East Recessional

Part 4: The President’s Mental Map

The conclusion to a four-part essay looking Obama’s foreign policy in the Middle East. Read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

Obama's Middle East Recessional

Part 3: Gambling With Iran as Iraq Disintegrates

Some intemperate statements to a journalist may reveal just how the Obama administration is approaching the thorny problems of Iran and Iraq. This is the third part of a longer essay, with part 1 here and part 2 here.

Obama's Middle East Recessional

Part 2: Syria Policy, Up Close and Ugly

In the run-up to Geneva II, all of the Administration’s policy failings are coalescing into a truly weird and tragic spectacle. Part of a longer essay. Read Part 1 here.

Obama's Middle East Recessional

Part 1: What Instability Really Looks Like

Self-proclaimed Middle East “experts” have long bemoaned the instability of the region. They didn’t know the first thing about real instability.

December 31, 2013
History Lesson

A Jew’s Guide to New Year’s Eve

As everyone knows, the evening of December 31 is New Year’s Eve. But why is December 31 New Year’s Eve? And why is the next year the number 2014?

December 30, 2013
Greater Mideast Roundup

Of Photo-Opportunism and Hazmat Garbage Collection

As we teeter on the cusp of 2014, a whirlwind and partial summary, not so much on what’s been happening lately across the Middle East, but on what it all really means.

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