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Adam Garfinkle
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The Middle East & Beyond
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.

December 12, 2013
Jewcentricity Watch

“It’s Money That Matters”

Stanley Fischer is set to become Vice-Chairman of the Federal Reserve. Watch out, here come the anti-Semites!

December 10, 2013
The Red-Dead Deal

Well Watered

A recently-negotiated project will bring water from the Red Sea via a pipeline to the Dead Sea, and in the process generate electricity from the falling liquid to be used to desalinate some of the water for agricultural and drinking purposes. The agreement exists only in principle thus far. But it could be promising.

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