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Adam Garfinkle
The Middle East & Beyond
Getting Serious
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Khan Sheikhoun, Shayrat Air Base, and Now What?

I wrote my first response to the U.S. cruise missile attack on Shayrat Air Base on April 7, 2017, at 2:30 p.m. EDT—in other words, about 18 hours after the attack. A great deal more has happened since, and it is in the nature of a crisis that this be so. One of the characteristics […]

The Syrian Sarin Attack
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The Meaning of Khan Sheikhoun

Assad’s sarin gas attack in Syria should surprise precisely no one, and both parties in Washington share some blame for this new crisis.

Mean World
The Television Presidency: An Epilogue

Since I wrote “The Television Presidency,” I have been noticing more examples of several points made in the essay. This is normal—it’s just the well-known cognitive phenomenon of the evoked set at work. Nearly everyone experiences this from time to time. Learn a new word or become familiar with a new pop-culture datum, for example, […]

Symbolic Speech
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Those Three Little Words (No, Not “I Love You”)

To say, or not to say, “radical Islamic terrorism”—that is the question. Again.

Mean World
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The Television Presidency

The mass media roots of Trump, his movement, and his detractors.

Out Like Flynn
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Field of Fright

It’s hard to think of a worse fit for the job of National Security Advisor than Michael Flynn—and that assessment has nothing to do with any of his alleged contacts with Russian officials.

Trumpian Strategy Options
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Same World, Lonely World, Cold World

Trump’s decisions will set the available strategic menu for every other country in the world.

Inauguration Day
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A Case of Schizophrenic Fear

Should we wish Trump a successful presidency?

UNSCR 2334
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Resolution Convolutions

What the UN Security Council vote and the U.S. abstention mean—and what they don’t mean.

A Holiday in Poetry and Prose
Hanukology

The story of Hanukah—the “Sunday School” version, and what really happened.

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After the MOAB

Secretary Mattis arrives in Kabul on a surprise visit after the deadliest attack on the Afghan military since the start of the war.

Asia's Game of Thrones

It won’t transform the balance of power overnight, but it may spook the neighbors.

EU's Future

Will a win for the “radical center” signal anything more than a slow decline of the status quo toward failure?

Blue Boondoggles

If federalism means anything at all, it means that states and cities should, unless some grave emergency exists, be responsible for their own transit and transportation infrastructure.

Power Shift

For the first time in more than 130 years, the UK is going a day without burning coal for power.

Money

It’s vital that we make sure that the great wealth-creating machine is ready for the millennial generation.

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