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News You Really Need To See: “Why Are Migrants in the Arctic, on Bikes? Path Leads to Europe”

“Why Are Migrants in the Arctic, on Bikes? Path Leads to Europe” The New York Times, October 10, 2015, p.A1 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/10/world/europe/bypassing-the-risky-sea-refugees-reach-europe-through-the-arctic.html “Pelted by hailstones and buffeted by an icy wind, Yasir Arslanuk, a 55-year-old Syrian engineer, his wife and two … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “From Deep State to Islamic State”

Oct. 12, 2015 by Darius  I recently read From Deep State to Islamic State: The Arab Counter-Revolution and Its Jihadi Legacy by French Middle East scholar Jean-Pierre Filiu. The book is an up-to-date analysis of why the Arab Spring crashed … 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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News You Really Need To See: “Unicef Warns of Lost Generation of War Children Out of School”

“Unicef Warns of Lost Generation of War Children Out of School” The New York Times, September 2, 2015 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/03/world/middleeast/unicef-warns-of-lost-generation-of-war-children-out-of-school.html “War and upheaval across parts of the Middle East and North Africa in recent years have driven more than 13 million … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Oman, America’s Unheralded Ally

Aug. 16, 2015 by Darius  Who are the top US allies in the Middle East?  Most people would respond with some combination of Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan.  But are these allies always beneficial to the US?  Israel goes directly … 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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