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Thinking Aloud: “Health Needs of Populations Displaced by Conflict and Political Upheaval,” Part I

June 28, 2015 by Darius  Last week, I attended the Middle East Institute’s conference “Cut Off from Care: The Health Crisis of Populations Displaced by Conflict.”  The most informative panel was “Health Needs of Populations Displaced by Conflict and Political … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Darius’s Rules of International Engagement, #3

June 5, 2015 by Darius  [If you study international relations and political science, it’s impossible to avoid coming across Carl von Clausewitz.  While Clausewitz’s credentials may have been a bit thin in his primary specialty, military theory, he has given … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Reining In the Police State

Apr. 7, 2015 by Darius Many times in the last decade and a half, a new ruler has come to power in the Middle East.  Almost invariably, activists, diplomats, and ordinary people hope the new leader will initiate a sweeping … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Containing Arab Nationalism”

Apr. 2, 2015 by Darius I recently finished reading Containing Arab Nationalism: The Eisenhower Doctrine and the Middle East by University of Chicago professor Salim Yaqub.  Containing Arab Nationalism is a thorough and scholarly blow-by-blow account of the rise and … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: A Brief Guide to Keffiyehs

Mar. 3, 2015 by Darius When I was in Jordan, I couldn’t help but pick up a few keffiyehs, or traditional Arab scarves—everyone was wearing them.  Keffiyehs are very versatile, serving as both sun-protecting headgear in summer and protection from … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: For Jordanians, Identity Rooted in the Present

Feb. 22, 2015 by Darius When I was in Jordan recently, I visited several museums.  The museums were very interesting, not because of what they contained but because of what they didn’t have.  In any visit to a Jordanian museum, … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Acknowledging the Roots of Islamic Extremism

Feb. 17, 2015 by Darius While I was in Jordan, I of course took the opportunity to talk to a number of Jordanians.  I was living with a Jordanian family, and some of my most interesting conversations were with my … Continue reading

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