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A New Middle East?
A New Middle East?
Turkey at the Turning Point

Ankara cuts deals with Iran and Brussels in same weekend it moves to crush opposition.

A New Middle East?
A U.S. Blueprint for Syria

Why does Russia always seem to be a step ahead of the U.S. in Syria? The answer is simple: Moscow knows exactly what it wants, and the U.S. doesn’t.

A New Middle East?
Ready For a Black Gold Rush?

Now that Mexico’s energy reforms are all but certain to go through, countries around the world are preparing to move in on the imminently available new energy market. The US has the expertise to frack Mexico’s prodigious shale reserves, but Asia has the demand to make it a strong investor in Mexico’s hydrocarbon riches.

A New Middle East?
Energy Reform A Reality in Mexico

Far reaching reforms like those passed last night in Mexico make it likely that our neighbor will see a huge job-creating bonanza in oil and gas production. The United States stands to benefit in several ways.

A New Middle East?
Mexican Senate Passes Energy Reform

The Mexican Senate passed an historic energy reform bill late last night. The bill now heads to the lower house, where it is expected to pass. The reforms could kick-start the country’s stagnating oil and gas production and help it realize its goal of becoming the world’s “new Middle East.”

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WRM in the WSJ

Eliot Cohen’s new book presents a nuanced and compelling defense of hard power.


Regular readers know the answer: not very effective at all.

Horn of Africa

…and that may not be such a bad thing.

The Inauguration

As Donald Trump takes the oath, an essay on the historical forces that have shaped this moment by Walter Russell Mead.


Clearly a lot of frustration for the outgoing American President has been stored up in the Russian psyche.

the roots of populism

If the term “intellectual” only encompasses thinkers on the Left, then it is only natural that right-wing populists would turn it into a slur.

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