The Middle East

Syrian Chemical Weapons Threat: Eerily Familiar?

Since the beginning of December, military gas (sarin, a nerve agent) has claimed a major place in discussion of the civil war in Syria. The Syrian government has...

A Serious Question

What exactly is it that Israel intends to do with the Palestinians now in the territories that it has just opened for home construction for Jewish settlers, thereby...

Obama and Drones

It is no secret that President Barack Obama has conducted a very aggressive—and by many measures effective—campaign of targeted killings against Al Qaeda and the...

Gaza Redux

With Israel again bombarding Gaza and gathering troops for another potentially devastating incursion into the Hamas-controlled Palestinian enclave, it is tempting...

Illegal Tactic, Unending War

It is a profound but nearly universal mistake among Americans (and others) to think that the withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan in 2013 or 2014 will end...

An Artifice of Unity

Lebanon is one of the few Middle Eastern countries where large Christian and Muslim populations coexist in a secular state. How long can this remain so? With the...

How the Right Wing Lost in 2012

The right wing has lost the election of 2012.The evidence for this is overwhelming, yet it is the year's best-kept secret. Mitt Romney would not be throwing...

Unclear Choice, Troubling Policies

The third American presidential debate was of negligible interest as a test of the qualities of the candidates, whatever it did or did not do to the presidential...

Foreign Policy Pieces Don't Fit

The principal problem with Mitt Romney's foreign policy statements is not that his position swings widely, or that he often reverses himself, according to the...

Friendly Advice From Egypt

The interview given the New York Times by the new president of Egypt, Mohamed Morsi, on the eve of his trip to New York for the annual United Nations General...

Taking on Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently took to the Sunday morning political talk shows to dodge accusations that he has been meddling in America’s...

The Loss of Syria

The violence that has engulfed Syria since March 2011 provides the latest and arguably most brutal evidence of the extremes to which a totalitarian regime will go...
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Book Reviews

Outside the Law

April 4, 2013 | 1 comment

Imperial Illusions

January 1, 2013 | 0 comments

Fertile Crescent?

September 9, 2011 | 0 comments

An Act of Remembrance

March 3, 2011 | 0 comments

Ambiguous Promises

February 2, 2011 | 0 comments