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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: “America’s Invisible Wars,” Part II

April 18, 2016 by Darius  [I recently saw a panel discussion at the CATO Institute on “America’s Invisible Wars.”  The discussion focused on some of America’s lesser-known interventions: Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia.  The panelists who presented on each of these … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Why Iraqis Living Under the Islamic State Fear Their Liberators”

“Why Iraqis Living Under the Islamic State Fear Their Liberators” The Washington Post, April 11, 2016 https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2016/04/11/why-iraqis-living-under-the-islamic-state-fear-their-liberators/ “While the Iraqi military and its allies may be slowly retaking cities from the Islamic State in the Sunni-dominated areas of Iraq, most … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Yemen’s Miserable Year

March 20, 2016 by Darius  In a few days, we’re coming up on the one-year anniversary of the Saudi-led coalition’s intervention in Yemen.  Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states intervened to prevent a complete takeover of the country by the … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “As Iraqi Civilian Rule Weakens, Shi’ite Clerics Call the Shots”

“As Iraqi Civilian Rule Weakens, Shi’ite Clerics Call the Shots” Reuters, March 20, 2016 http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-politics-idUSKCN0WM0U2 “With Iraq’s politicians tainted by corruption and the army’s standing hurt by battlefield defeats, two Shi’ite clerics have re-emerged as leaders in matters of state.  … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Emirates Secretly Sends Colombian Mercenaries to Yemen Fight”

“Emirates Secretly Sends Colombian Mercenaries to Yemen Fight” The New York Times, November 26, 2015, p.A1 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/26/world/middleeast/emirates-secretly-sends-colombian-mercenaries-to-fight-in-yemen.html?_r=0 “The United Arab Emirates has secretly dispatched hundreds of Colombian mercenaries to Yemen to fight in that country’s raging conflict, adding a volatile … 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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