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Thinking Aloud: Learning the Right Lessons from Gambia

Feb. 1, 2017 by Darius  Two weeks ago, Yahya Jammeh, the man who had ruled the small West African nation of Gambia with an iron fist for the last 22 years, boarded a plane and flew into exile.  Jammeh’s departure … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Nigeria: 347 Shiites Buried in Mass Grave, Inquiry Told”

“Nigeria: 347 Shiites Buried in Mass Grave, Inquiry Told” Newsweek, April 12, 2016 http://www.newsweek.com/nigeria-347-shiites-buried-mass-grave-inquiry-told-446703 “Hundreds of Nigerian Shiites were buried in a single mass grave following clashes with the military, an inquiry heard on Monday, as lawyers for the detained … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Soldiers v Politicians: Israel’s Generals and Their Troubled Relationship with the Elected Cabinet”

“Soldiers v Politicians: Israel’s Generals and Their Troubled Relationship with the Elected Cabinet” The Economist, March 14, 2016 http://www.economist.com/news/middle-east-and-africa/21694715-gaza-has-become-new-civil-military-flashpoint-israels-generals-and-their-troubled “All is not well between Israel’s cabinet and the generals who supposedly report to them. Major-General Herzl Halevi arrived at the … 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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News You Really Need To See: “Afghan Government Turns to Militias as Taliban Gains Strength”

“Afghan Government Turns to Militias as Taliban Gains Strength” The Washington Post, October 29, 2015 https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/as-taliban-resurges-an-afghan-warlord-gains-power/2015/10/29/5e431aaa-21bf-4713-b681-7226681c18a1_story.html “A militia fighter wearing a loose-fitting Afghan tunic and sandals, and with a rocket-propelled grenade launcher strapped to his back, stands at a checkpoint … 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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News You Really Need To See: “U.S. Financing Fails to Sustain Foreign Forces”

“U.S. Financing Fails to Sustain Foreign Forces” The New York Times, October 4, 2015, p.A1 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/04/world/middleeast/uss-billions-fail-to-sustain-foreign-forces.html “With alarming frequency in recent years, thousands of American-trained security forces in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia have collapsed, stalled or … Continue reading

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