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Adam Garfinkle
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The Middle East & Beyond
July 11, 2014
Iran in a hot spot

Mullah Dreams: Not Counting Sheep

The ISIS offensive has so far played to Iran’s advantage, but poses a strategic nightmare for it in the long run as Iraq continues to dissolve.

June 26, 2014
Bombs Over Baghdad?

To Strike or Not to Strike, That Is the Question

With Iraq coming apart at the seams, there are not a lot of reasons for America to use airpower in Iraq. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some limited cases where airstrikes could serve a strategic interest.

May 13, 2014
Muddling Through In The Middle East

Our Storyteller In Chief

President Obama is a political webmaster and a master manager who also really knows how to wow an audience with his powers of speech. He is not a creative or independent thinker, however, as his Middle East legacy is starting to show.

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 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 4, 2012

What a Day

Truth be told, there is very rarely a slow news day in what our government types referred to as the MENA region (MENA standing for Middle East and North Africa). But some days really stand out above the average for action, avarice and atavistic behavior. Yesterday was one of them. The place is really hopping, […]

June 13, 2012

The Muddled East [Updated]

The news from the region over the past few days constitutes, as always, more of the same and yet something new. Let me take you on a selective tour, ending with the most attention-arresting story of our time—Syria. Of all the developments in the Arab world, none come close to being as important as those […]

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