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The Second Front Against ISIS Opens

The collapse of order in the Middle East and the Obama administration’s lame response to it won’t be washed away by the fall of ISIS. But ISIS needs to die

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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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Walter Russell Mead & Staff

The real stumbling block to Democratic legislative power.

brave new world

An Australian account of China’s gains doubles as a bleak assessment of Obama’s legacy in the region.

Crude Economics

London is using both carrot and stick to keep offshore oil output up.

Greeks Bearing Debts

Greece’s recurrent crisis is the result of bad Greek and German decisions alike. Only one is in year eight of a depression as a result.

Frack Baby Frack

Abundant shale gas brought natural gas prices to historic lows—and made the US a net exporter of the hydrocarbon.

WRM Elsewhere

Walter Russell Mead tackles the question.

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