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Misreading the Middle East
Misreading the Middle East
The Costs of Lost US Credibility

If the Obama Administration is truly committed to containing Iran in the wake of the nuclear deal, it needs to understand how others in the region perceive it.

Misreading the Middle East
Saudi Troops Amass Along Yemeni Border

Fearing a spillover from the ongoing sectarian battle in neighboring Yemen, Saudi Arabia has positioned military forces along the Yemeni border.

Misreading the Middle East
A Comprehensive Failure in Yemen

President Obama’s record of miscalculation in the Middle East continues with Yemen going up in flames. But the White House appears unflustered.

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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.

Rebuilding America

Paul Ryan will target $40 in private investment for every $1 his caucus approves in infrastructure spending.

Violence in Myanmar

Many of Myanmar’s long-suffering Rohingyas are now turning to internationally funded Islamist insurgents to resist the government.

The Shale Rebound

Texas’s Permian Basin has been called “the crown jewel of the world’s oil and gas industry.”

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