Monthly Archives: March 2015

Thinking Aloud: “Assessing Iran’s Strategy Toward the Arab World,” Part II

Mar. 31, 2015 by Darius [Today is the deadline for nuclear negotiations with Iran.  Last week, I saw a panel discussion “Assessing Iran’s Strategy Toward the Arab World.”  Yesterday I shared the comments of panelists Harith al Qarawee and Richard … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “In Nigeria’s Election, Muhammadu Buhari Defeats Goodluck Jonathan”

“In Nigeria’s Election, Muhammadu Buhari Defeats Goodluck Jonathan” The New York Times, March 31, 2015 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/01/world/africa/nigeria-election-muhammadu-buhari-goodluck-jonathan.html “With anger swelling over corruption, inequality and a devastating Islamist insurgency in the nation’s north, Nigerians chose a former general who once ruled with … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Assessing Iran’s Strategy Toward the Arab World,” Part I

Mar. 30, 2015 by Darius Less than 24 hours remains to the deadline for a nuclear deal between the P5+1 and Iran.  Whether or not a deal happens, Iran will remain, for better and for worse, a key player in a … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Republicans See Obama as More Imminent Threat Than Putin”

“Republicans See Obama as More Imminent Threat Than Putin” Reuters, March 30, 2015 http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/03/30/us-usa-threats-poll-idUSKBN0MQ0AV20150330 “A third of Republicans believe President Barack Obama poses an imminent threat to the United States, outranking concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “A Hologram for the King”

Mar. 29, 2015 by Darius I recently read A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers.  Like Eggers’s other works, A Hologram for the King is surreal, well-crafted, and thought-provoking. Alan Clay is a middle-aged American who can only be … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “What ISIS Really Wants”

“What ISIS Really Wants” The Atlantic, March 2015, pp. 80-95 http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2015/02/what-isis-really-wants/384980/ “What is the Islamic State?  Where did it come from, and what are its intentions?  The simplicity of these questions can be deceiving, and few Western leaders seem to know … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Understanding Boko Haram and the Terror in Nigeria”

Mar. 28, 2015 by Darius Today, Nigerians go to the polls (for real this time) to choose their next president.  One of the biggest issues in the race is the fight against Boko Haram and if that fight is being … Continue reading

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