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Thinking Aloud: Fool Me Once, Shame on You…

April 27, 2016 by Darius  President Obama recently wrapped up a trip to Saudi Arabia.  In a piece written just prior to Obama’s trip, Bruce Riedel of Brookings made the case for why the US must continue to invest in its … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Islamism and the Rise of ISIS: Is the Middle East Exceptional?”

Oct. 14, 2015 by Darius  Earlier this month, I saw Brookings fellow Shadi Hamid talk about “Islamism and the Rise of ISIS: Is the Middle East Exceptional?” Hamid mainly discussed recent trends in political Islam in the Middle East. According … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “From Deep State to Islamic State”

Oct. 12, 2015 by Darius  I recently read From Deep State to Islamic State: The Arab Counter-Revolution and Its Jihadi Legacy by French Middle East scholar Jean-Pierre Filiu. The book is an up-to-date analysis of why the Arab Spring crashed … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: (More) Prison Abuse in Egypt

Sept. 4, 2015 by Darius  When someone is sentenced to a prison term, it isn’t a death sentence. That’s the point. In Egypt, though, it doesn’t work that way. According to international rights groups Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Italy’s Eni Finds ‘Supergiant’ Natural Gas Field Off Egypt”

“Italy’s Eni Finds ‘Supergiant’ Natural Gas Field Off Egypt” The Associated Press, August 30, 2015 http://bigstory.ap.org/article/fc84c97ac51440e09c0e1a4deddc4ae8/eni-says-its-found-supergiant-natural-gas-field-egypt “The Italian energy company Eni SpA announced Sunday it has discovered a ‘supergiant’ natural gas field off Egypt, describing it as the ‘largest-ever’ found … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Suez Upgrade May Not Ease Egypt’s Economic Journey”

“Suez Upgrade May Not Ease Egypt’s Economic Journey” The New York Times, August 7, 2015, p.A10 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/07/world/middleeast/suez-canal-channel-egypt.html?_r=0 “‘Egypt Rejoices,’ the television networks and newspapers declared, announcing ‘Egypt’s gift to the world.’  Businesses were closed, the streets of Cairo were empty, … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Thieves of State”

July 8, 2015 by Darius  I recently read Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security by Sarah Chayes, who was formerly affiliated with the US military and spent 10 years in Afghanistan.  Simple yet extraordinarily powerful, Thieves of State … Continue reading

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