Monthly Archives: September 2015

Thinking Aloud: “The ISIS Apocalypse”

Sept. 30, 2015 by Darius  Earlier this month, I saw Brookings fellow Will McCants talk about “The ISIS Apocalypse: The History, Strategy, and Doomsday Vision of the Islamic State.” As always, McCants provided new insights into ISIS and what will … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Perfect Storm Guts African Food Stocks”

“Perfect Storm Guts African Food Stocks” The Wall Street Journal, September 25, 2015, p.A14 http://www.wsj.com/articles/severe-droughts-leave-africans-hungry-and-desperate-1443137463 “Ann Alinga points dejectedly to her family’s smallholding of sorghum and sunflower fields, ravaged by Africa’s worst dry spell in two decades.  Like many in … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: India’s Ire Bringing Nepal to Its Knees

Sept. 29, 2015 by Darius  A week after adopting its first-ever constitution, Nepal is facing a fuel shortage so severe that the Nepali government has imposed driving restrictions based on the last digit of motorists’ license plates. Why has the … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “A Hacker’s Back Door to Sabotage Networks”

“A Hacker’s Back Door to Sabotage Networks” The Wall Street Journal, September 25, 2015, p.B1 http://www.wsj.com/articles/cyber-risk-isnt-always-in-the-computer-1443125108 “On a sweltering summer day in San Jose, Calif., Scott Noteboom launched a cyberattack by exploiting a networking system vulnerability: the cooling system.  An … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Getting Fleeced in Karachi

Sept. 28, 2015 by Darius  As part of celebrations for the holiday of Eid al-Adha last week, thousands of animals were sacrificed across the Muslim world, including Pakistan. In recent years, though, in Pakistan another seeming holiday tradition has followed … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Afghan Taliban Seize Kunduz City Center in Landmark Gain”

“Afghan Taliban Seize Kunduz City Center in Landmark Gain” Reuters, September 28, 2015 http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/09/28/us-afghanistan-attack-idUSKCN0RS0A820150928 “Taliban fighters on Monday battled their way into the center of Kunduz, a city in northern Afghanistan, and seized the provincial governor’s office in one of … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Foreign Policy Quiz

Sept. 19, 2015 by Darius  So far, what scant attention has been paid to foreign policy in the 2016 presidential race has focused on the candidates’ ever more hysterical denunciations of the Iran deal or Donald Trump and his idiotic … Continue reading

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