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The Shores of (the Other) Tripoli
The Shores of (the Other) Tripoli
Lebanon Under Threat—From Without and Within

ISIS is attacking Lebanon’s border, and meanwhile, gaining influence among the country’s Sunnis. With dissent in the national army, poor finances, and Hezbollah’s all-in support for Assad, Lebanon is trying to prevent the Syrian Civil War from becoming a Lebanese Civil War.

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South China Sea Change

The Chinese are pulling back from the disputed Scarborough Shoal: is this a new normal or a temporary olive branch?

Latin Lefty Meltdown

It’s a sign of frustration—and a sign of Maduro’s temporary upper-hand.

Washington's Malaysia Malaise

Malaysia is preparing for its first major defense agreement with China, a sign that Beijing’s diplomacy is paying off.

Low-Hanging Fruit

We need more diesel technicians, welders, and pipe fitters.

Crude Economics

If the Saudis don’t bite the bullet next month, the cartel’s relevance will fade significantly.

Why We Can't Have Nice Things

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

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