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Thinking Aloud: “Midnight at the Pera Palace,” The Book

June 27, 2015 by Darius  I recently read Midnight at the Pera Palace: The Birth of Modern Istanbul by Georgetown University history professor Charles King.  King tells the story of Istanbul, and by extension Turkey, through the first half of … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Defying Soviets, Then Pulling Hungary to Putin”

“Defying Soviets, Then Pulling Hungary to Putin” The New York Times, November 8, 2014, p.A1 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/08/world/europe/viktor-orban-steers-hungary-toward-russia-25-years-after-fall-of-the-berlin-wall.html “A quarter-century ago, as Hungary helped ignite the events that would lead to the collapse of communism, the ferment produced a new political star.  Viktor Orban … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “America’s Great Game”

August 12, 2014 by Darius The United States has long played a major role in the Middle East.  During the 1940s and 1950s, though, there was very serious internal debate over what that role should be.  I recently read America’s … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Russia’s Foreign Fighters

August 6, 2014 by Darius The fighting in eastern Ukraine between pro-Russian separatists and the Ukrainian government continues.  Many of the rebels, though, aren’t Ukrainian at all, not even ethnically Russian Ukrainians.  Instead, hundreds or thousands of Russian nationals have … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: A Ghost of the Past in Ukraine’s Present

Mar. 28, 2014 by Darius  A symbol at the heart of the dispute between Russia and Ukraine is a man as controversial as any: Stepan Bandera.  Banners with his picture on them are being unfurled at demonstrations and flown in … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Tensions in Asia Stoke Rising Nationalism in Japan”

“Tensions in Asia Stoke Rising Nationalism in Japan” The Wall Street Journal, Feb. 26, 2014, p.A1 http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304610404579403492918900378 “A movie glorifying the life of a World War II kamikaze pilot recently topped the box-office charts in Japan for two months.  Tokyo … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Decision in India

Nov. 3, 2013 by Darius A few months from now, in mid-2014, hundreds of millions of Indian voters will head to the polls to elect a new parliament and prime minister.  The election is shaping up to be a contest … Continue reading

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