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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: 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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Thinking Aloud: “The ISIS Apocalypse”

Sept. 30, 2015 by Darius  Earlier this month, I saw Brookings fellow Will McCants talk about “The ISIS Apocalypse: The History, Strategy, and Doomsday Vision of the Islamic State.” As always, McCants provided new insights into ISIS and what will … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Syrians on a Syrian Peace Deal

Aug. 7, 2015 by Darius  It is an oft-repeated claim (and not necessarily false) that there is no military solution to the Syrian civil war, that the parties must ultimately agree on a negotiated settlement.  The people saying this, though, … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Health Needs of Populations Displaced by Conflict and Political Upheaval,” Part II

June 29, 2015 by Darius  [Last week, I attended the Middle East Institute’s conference “Cut Off from Care: The Health Crisis of Populations Displaced by Conflict.”  The most informative panel was “Health Needs of Populations Displaced by Conflict and Political … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Assad Chemical Threat Mounts”

“Assad Chemical Threat Mounts” The Wall Street Journal, June 29, 2015, p.A1 http://www.wsj.com/articles/assad-chemical-threat-mounts-1435535977 “U.S. intelligence agencies believe there is a strong possibility the Assad regime will use chemical weapons on a large scale as part of a last-ditch effort to … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: ISIS, Where Do We Go from Here?

June 26, 2015 by Darius  It’s been a bad day for the world today. In Kuwait, dozens are dead and hundreds more injured after an ISIS suicide bomber detonated himself in a mosque packed with Shia worshippers. In Syria, dozens … Continue reading

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