Adam Garfinkle
The Middle East & Beyond
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History Lesson
A Jew’s Guide to New Year’s Eve

As everyone knows, the evening of December 31 is New Year’s Eve. But why is December 31 New Year’s Eve? And why is the next year the number 2019?

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Irony in Motion
Leaving Syria

We probably should not be leaving Syria. But it’s more complicated than the chatterati would have you believe.

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Khashoggigate
Coming Soon to a Hall of Mirrors Near You

What the Khashoggi Affair tells us about American journalism, politics, and policymaking in the Age of Trump.

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After Pittsburgh
Terrorism in America, Again

After the events of this past week, there can be no denying that domestic political violence is on the rise—and that the President is more interested in stoking divisions than healing them.

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The World Today
Be Afraid? Yes, But Don’t Overdo It

Should we be afraid? Yes. But we should understand that what we think we fear may not be what we really should be worrying about.

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Immigration, Polarization, and Identity Theft Fraud

Could dealing with the plague of identity theft fraud become a basis for a new, centrist effort at immigration reform?

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The Middle East & Beyond
Shocked and Surprised

The revelations of a “resistance within” the Trump Administration are surprising in their details. But what is happening now was always inherent in the idea of a Trump presidency.

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N+ Problems
The U.S.-Turkish Unraveling and the Arabs

The security ramifications of a permanent break between the United States and Turkey would be far greater than commonly realized.

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The Middle East
Turkish Disconnections

The press is spilling plenty of ink on the U.S.-Turkey crisis, but precious little of the coverage is connecting the dots.

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Dulled and Dangerous
Terror and Stupefaction

Why do so many instances of terrorist violence involve drug use and abuse?

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