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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: What’s in a Name?

Oct. 24, 2015 by Darius  Have you ever wondered, when referring to the language spoken in Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan, which term should be used, “Farsi” or “Persian”? The two aren’t actually complete synonyms. Both the terms “Persian” and “Farsi” … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: America’s Much-Needed Syria Policy Rethink

Oct. 4, 2015 by Darius  Five days ago, the Russian air force began conducting airstrikes in Syria. Those under falling Russian bombs were not ISIS, as the Russians claimed, but moderate rebels, including some trained by the United States. At … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Oman, America’s Unheralded Ally

Aug. 16, 2015 by Darius  Who are the top US allies in the Middle East?  Most people would respond with some combination of Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan.  But are these allies always beneficial to the US?  Israel goes directly … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Iran Nuclear Deal: Satirical Website The Onion Accidentally Breaks Story About the US Offering Missiles to Israel”

“Iran Nuclear Deal: Satirical Website The Onion Accidentally Breaks Story About the US Offering Missiles to Israel” The Independent, July 22, 2015 http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/iran-nuclear-deal-satirical-website-the-onion-accidentally-breaks-story-about-the-us-offering-missiles-to-israel-10404684.html “A satirical website has accidentally broken a real news story – by revealing that America offered Israel ‘a … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “U.S. Seeks Mideast Shift After Nuclear Deal”

“U.S. Seeks Mideast Shift After Nuclear Deal” The Wall Street Journal, July 6, 2015, p.A6 http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-seeks-mideast-shift-to-follow-iran-deal-1436225737 “The White House is crafting a Middle East strategy for the remaining 18 months of President Barack Obama’s term that would more forcefully address … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Theft of Saudi Documents Suggests Iranian Hack, Analysts Say”

“Theft of Saudi Documents Suggests Iranian Hack, Analysts Say” The Washington Post, June 26, 2015, p.A12 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/theft-of-saudi-documents-suggests-an-iranian-hack-experts-say/2015/06/25/dd2f57e2-19c2-11e5-bed8-1093ee58dad0_story.html “The purported theft of confidential Saudi documents that have been released by WikiLeaks bears the hallmarks of Iranian hackers linked to cyberattacks in … Continue reading

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