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Adam Garfinkle
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The Middle East & Beyond
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.

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.

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.

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.

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