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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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Turkey’s "NINO" Status

The days when NATO could command the loyalty of its members, necessitating that they handle disputes with co-parties discreetly, are long past.

Frack Baby Frack

We’re heading into uncharted waters, thanks to shale.

the family and the state

A U.K. death panel has forced parents to abandon hope for their baby’s life.

Game of Thrones

A Chinese spokesperson called for an end to joint drilling operations between Spain’s Repsol and Vietnam.

Pop!

Chinese consumers have more money than ever, and they still want to buy more real estate.

Shale 2.0

The industry is hurting from equipment and personnel shortages.

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