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Meanwhile, in Syria…

What’s been happening in Syria since the “cessation of hostilities” began to take effect about ten days ago? Both less and more than meets the eye of the casual observer.

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Lebanon: The Syrian War’s Next Casualty?

The devastation next door, combined with ISIS attacks and rising sectarian tensions at home, could send Lebanon into round two of its civil war.

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The Reality of Sectarian Conflict

Amnesty accuses Kurds of war crimes. These are the demons that have been unleashed in the Middle East.

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Turkey Threatens To Invade Syria

Turkey could wind up attacking targets inside Syria—not primarily to counteract ISIS, but to prevent the emergence of a Kurdish state.

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Putting a Brave Face on ISIS Advances

A meeting of stakeholders of the anti-ISIS coalition met in Paris and concluded that everything’s going swimmingly. What kind of victories will ISIS need to score for a change in strategy?

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Assad Broadens The Sectarian War

Thousands of Pakistani and Afghan mercenaries are flooding into Syria, financed by Iran, which is doubling down on its commitment to keep Assad in power.

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WATCH: Walter Russell Mead, Cardinal Dolan on ME’s Persecuted Christians

Full coverage is now up of WRM and the Archbishop of New York talking about Christians in the Middle East.

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Saudis Ask for Pakistani Troops

The only thing that could make the Middle East worse right now? A big helping of Pakistan.

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An Iraqi exile eavesdrops on life in her old hometown of Mosul.

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The Price of America’s Abdication

As Sunnis and Shiites massacred each other in two prominent American-allied nations, the cost of our lack of leadership grows.

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Why We Can't Have Nice Things

An expert working on the project cautions the MTA may miss its next deadline.

Higher Ed Shake Up

New low-cost programs are carving out a critical space in the U.S. higher education system.


Hint: it isn’t pretty.

Blue Model Blues

Kicking the can down the road is turning into a hobby for PA lawmakers.

Xi who must be obeyed

The Chinese President’s new status as “core” leader will strengthen his hand, but rifts remain within the Party.

Deal or No Deal

The answer isn’t straightforward, and it’s likely to be decided by our next president.

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