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The Qatar Crisis in Context

The historical record shows that U.S. foreign policy would be well served by resisting the temptation to take sides.

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The Six Day and Fifty Years War

The war itself was quick and militarily decisive, but the political aftermath has been anything but.

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Taxing Times in Jordan

Under increasing pressure from regional wars and more than a million refugees, Jordan is ratcheting up taxes on ordinary citizens to bridge the budget gap.

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A Murder in Ankara

The assassination of Russia’s Ambassador is likely to have far-reaching implications for the U.S.-Turkey relationship.

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The Kurds’ Proxy Trap

Will the Kurds’ proxy fight against ISIS work against their national aspirations in the long run?

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Al-Shabaab Who?

The U.S. will probably see more ISIS-inspired attacks in the run-up to the election—and the “how” and “why” should be no great mystery.

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The Tragedy of Modernity in the Middle East

Modernity was supposed to be a virtual synonym for tolerance and progress, but somehow things haven’t worked out that way for the region.

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Sykes-Picot and the Zionists

Clearing up some misconceptions about Sykes-Picot on its centenary.

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Nimr al-Nimr, Political Violence, and the Future of Saudi Shi‘a

Amidst tragedy and sectarian hatred, moderate Shi‘a in Saudi Arabia have an historic opportunity to reject militancy and to speak up for their rights.

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“A painting of Fatema Mernissi using Arabica coffee” by Yemeni artist Seba al-Afif
The Trespasser

Remembering Fatema Mernissi, a woman on a mission to redefine boundaries for women in the Muslim world.

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Crude Economics

Ecuador is ignoring OPEC demands to reduce output.

1990s Redux

The result came down to ethnocultural identification among the decision-makers more than lawyerly arguments and fact-checks.

lower education

American high schools are giving out higher and higher grades even as real academic ability stagnates.

Netanyahu in Europe

Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic agree that the EU should stand closer with Israel.

*cough* climate leadership *cough*

Greens might want to hold off on anointing Beijing as the next global green leader.

"I am your boss"

His critics are accusing him of Erdoganism Lite. Are they right?

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