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The Middle East & Beyond
October 4, 2014
Culture Wars

American Sex and the Middle East

We Americans talk about sex publicly all the time these days, but it rarely dawns on America’s cultural warriors that foreigners overhear these conversations. The consequences are not always trivial.

September 23, 2014
The Wars of the Reluctant

The Bad, The Worse, and the Lousy

Reluctant warriors like Woodrow Wilson, LBJ, and President Obama make special kinds of mistakes. We will see how those mistakes develop this time around.

September 17, 2014

The Coalition That Isn’t

Martin Dempsey’s statement yesterday before a congressional committee that U.S. ground forces might be used in the campaign against ISIS means one of two things: either the General let a skunk loose in the barn, or he’s a deputized trial balloonist, floating a dragon kite for a President who is too politically astute to do […]

September 8, 2014
An Empty Toolbox

Fighting Ebola

Whenever the U.S. Government has a choice between doing nothing and sending in the cavalry to sort out a non-vital national security contingency, it is a sure sign of an antecedent failure of imagination and planning.

September 2, 2014
Muddling Through In The Middle East

Toot, Toot

Just a day or two ago came the news that the Libyan government, such as it is, has lost control of its own capital—Tripoli—not long after losing control of its airport there. The rump government is holed up in Tobruk now while Misuratan and Islamist rebels (Ansar al-Sharia and others) roam the capital’s desultory urban […]

August 6, 2014
Ceasefire

The Ironies of a Palestinian State

Syria, Libya, Iraq, Egypt…why have Arab states had such a hard time of it lately? And would Palestine, if it were to become the newest Arab state, fare any better?

July 24, 2014
The Middle East

Why Is This Gaza War Different From All Other Gaza Wars?

Though there are some important differences this time around, the solution to this recurring nightmare remains the same—and remains unlikely.

June 16, 2014
Middle East In Flames

Iraq: What a Way To Go

The Iraqi state in its historic territorial configuration is gone—solid gone, and it ain’t coming back. Time to start thinking hard about next steps.

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.

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.

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