Itamar Rabinovich
2017
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Trump’s Middle East Muddle

The Middle East would present a daunting challenge to any incoming President, and Trump has only a limited knowledge of international affairs.

The Obama Doctrine: Responses
A Mixed Record in the Middle East

President Obama laid out an ambitious vision for the U.S. in the Middle East. Time will tell whether his successes or failures will most define his legacy.

The Middle East Aflame
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The Syrian Civil War Comes to the Druze

After years of steering clear of the fight, Syria’s Druze are now in danger of being drawn into the war’s horrors.

Peace, Normalization and Finality

Some perspective on the twilight of the Arab-Israeli peace process.

The American Advantage

Why America’s universities are the best—and why others can’t replicate them.

Testing the “Israel Lobby” Thesis

Lessons from the Mearsheimer and Walt debate.

The Case for Restraint

America has been trying to do too much with too little. It’s time to do less and succeed more.

In the Image

What are the sources of the American image around the world? How has it changed in recent years? And what, if anything, can the U.S. government do to shape that image? The American Interest posed these questions to a distinguished group of international observers. Their answers reflect diverse histories and circumstances, and offer some useful […]

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AFTER ISIS

With the Iraqi government’s move to retake Kirkuk, it’s time for the U.S. to start planning for just how bad things could get.

Counting Carbon

The EIA projects US energy-related greenhouse gas emissions will continue to fall this year.

European Disunion

In forcing Catalonia to clarify its intentions on independence, Madrid is chipping away at the separatists’ facade of unity.

Development and Its Discontents

A new data dive offers mixed evidence, confirming some prevailing narratives and confounding others.

Echo Chamber Redux

Americans deserve in-depth commentary and analysis about the merits and faults of the Iran nuclear deal. They are not getting it.

Spy Games

Another disturbing chapter in the Obama-era spy wars.

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