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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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News You Really Need To See: “Fighting Is Long Over, but Western Sahara Still Lacks Peace”

“Fighting Is Long Over, but Western Sahara Still Lacks Peace” The New York Times, February 23, 2015, p.A4 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/23/world/fighting-is-long-over-but-western-sahara-still-lacks-peace.html?_r=0 “Ghalla Sid Ahmed and her mother eke out a living in this isolated desert settlement, subsisting on five goats and a war … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “The Media Relations Department of Hizbollah Wishes You a Happy Birthday”

Feb. 16, 2015 by Darius While I was away, I read The Media Relations Department of Hizbollah Wishes You a Happy Birthday: Unexpected Encounters in the Changing Middle East by journalist Neil MacFarquhar.  Aside from the absolutely awesome title (actually … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “The Gaza Crisis: No Way Out?,” Part I

August 9, 2014 by Darius Earlier this week, I attended a panel at the Brookings Institution on “The Gaza Crisis: No Way Out?  Policy Options and Regional Implications,” featuring three Brookings experts on the Israel-Palestine conflict: Martin Indyk, who recently … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Western Sahara

June 28, 2014 by Darius  In the last several weeks, since the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights visited refugee camps there last month, a number of international groups have been focusing attention on a region/conflict that rarely makes … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Five Years After the Cairo Speech”: Palestine and Iran

June 10, 2014 by Darius  [Last week, pollster James Zogby of the Arab-American Institute and Zogby International released a new poll: “Five Years After the Cairo Speech: How Arabs View President Obama and America.”  I attended the poll’s launch event; … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Five Years After the Cairo Speech”: Egypt

June 9, 2014 by Darius  [Last week, pollster James Zogby of the Arab-American Institute and Zogby International released a new poll: “Five Years After the Cairo Speech: How Arabs View President Obama and America.”  I attended the poll’s launch event; … Continue reading

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