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The Sunni-Shi'a War
The Sunni-Shi'a War
Fight the Sunni, Hate the Jews

Hezbollah turns up the anti-Israel rhetoric even as it turns its guns away from Jerusalem toward Aleppo.

The Sunni-Shi'a War
The Sharifs Come to Town

Pakistani PM, Army Chief visit Saudi Arabia.

The Sunni-Shi'a War
UAE to Join the Party in Syria?

Emiratis declare they would dispatch ground forces to Syria—should the U.S. take the lead.

The Sunni-Shi'a War
Saudi Arabia to Send Ground Troops to Syria?

Saudi Arabia says it’s ready to send ground troops to Syria, but its track record in Yemen offers a reason for apprehension.

The Sunni-Shi'a War
Will We See a Sudanese Embassy in Jerusalem?

As Sunni-Shi’a battle lines harden, former Iranian ally looks to Saudi Arabia—and Israel.

The Sunni-Shi'a War
The Roots of Saudi Rage

Rational regional fears are driving Saudi actions.

The Sunni-Shi'a War
Turkey Takes Saudi Side in Embassy Dispute

Another old rival is now in the Saudi camp.

The Sunni-Shi'a War
Saudi-Iran Update: Qatar Takes Saudi Arabia’s Side

Doha withdraws ambassador from Tehran, as Sunni-Shi’a battle lines harden.

The Sunni-Shi'a War
How Not to Offshore Balance

As the Saudis’ regional allies turn on Iran, there are signs that the West is turning against the Saudis. If offshore balancing is the goal, this is not the way to go about it.

The Sunni-Shi'a War
Iranians Storm Saudi Embassy in Tehran

The attacks are a response to Saudi Arabia’s execution of a Shi’a cleric.

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Walter Russell Mead & Staff

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.

Rebuilding America

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

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