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Thinking Aloud: “America’s Invisible Wars,” Part I

April 15, 2016 by Darius  I recently saw a panel discussion at the CATO Institute (I know, outside my normal range!) on “America’s Invisible Wars.”  The discussion focused on some of America’s lesser-known on-going interventions: Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia.  The … 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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Thinking Aloud: Getting Fleeced in Karachi

Sept. 28, 2015 by Darius  As part of celebrations for the holiday of Eid al-Adha last week, thousands of animals were sacrificed across the Muslim world, including Pakistan. In recent years, though, in Pakistan another seeming holiday tradition has followed … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Who’s in Charge of the Taliban?

“Who’s in Charge of the Taliban?” Foreign Policy, July 29, 2015 https://foreignpolicy.com/2015/07/29/whos-in-charge-of-the-taliban/ “Two days before the second official meeting between the Afghan government and the Taliban is scheduled to take place, fresh rumors are swirling that Taliban leader, Mullah Mohammed Omar, has … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Afghan-Pakistani Reconciliation: A Brief Thaw or Something More?” Part II

May 25, 2015 by Darius  [The US tends to look at Afghanistan through a security lens, but Afghanistan is part of a neighborhood, a neighborhood that includes Pakistan, China, India, and Central Asia.  Afghanistan’s neighborhood will influence the country’s future … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Afghan-Pakistani Reconciliation: A Brief Thaw or Something More?” Part I

May 24, 2015 by Darius  The US tends to look at Afghanistan through a security lens, but Afghanistan is part of a neighborhood, a neighborhood that includes Pakistan, China, India, and Central Asia.  Afghanistan’s neighborhood will influence the country’s future … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: A More Clear-Eyed Pakistan?

May 4, 2015 by Darius  I never thought I would write this, but Pakistan seems to have its head screwed on a bit straighter lately.  Two issues in particular lead me to this conclusion: the noticeable decline of pointless anti-Americanism … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: The Roof of the World’s Shaky Foundation

Apr. 27, 2015 by Darius  The massive earthquake that hit Nepal two days ago has caused at least 3800 deaths thus far and displaced tens of thousands more.  But this is just the most recent in a long line of … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Cuisines of the Axis of Evil”

Apr. 21, 2015 by Darius  I just finished reading Cuisines of the Axis of Evil and Other Irritating States: A Dinner Party Guide to International Relations by Georgetown professor Christine Fair.  Cuisines of the Axis of Evil does double duty … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Chaos: The Middle East and How We Got There”

Apr. 9, 2015 by Darius Today I saw longtime Washington Post journalist Thomas Lippman talk about the Middle East, and, in particular, how the events of 1979 shaped the region today. In January 1979, the Shah of Iran was toppled … Continue reading

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