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

April 21, 2016 by Darius  [I recently saw a panel discussion at the CATO Institute on “America’s Invisible Wars.”  The discussion focused on some of America’s lesser-known interventions: Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia.  The panelists who presented on each of these … Continue reading

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

April 18, 2016 by Darius  [I recently saw a panel discussion at the CATO Institute on “America’s Invisible Wars.”  The discussion focused on some of America’s lesser-known interventions: Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia.  The panelists who presented on each of these … Continue reading

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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: Yemen’s Miserable Year

March 20, 2016 by Darius  In a few days, we’re coming up on the one-year anniversary of the Saudi-led coalition’s intervention in Yemen.  Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states intervened to prevent a complete takeover of the country by the … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Soldiers v Politicians: Israel’s Generals and Their Troubled Relationship with the Elected Cabinet”

“Soldiers v Politicians: Israel’s Generals and Their Troubled Relationship with the Elected Cabinet” The Economist, March 14, 2016 http://www.economist.com/news/middle-east-and-africa/21694715-gaza-has-become-new-civil-military-flashpoint-israels-generals-and-their-troubled “All is not well between Israel’s cabinet and the generals who supposedly report to them. Major-General Herzl Halevi arrived at the … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Terrorism Is (Still) Terrorism

Nov. 29, 2015 by Darius  Yesterday, a man opened fire at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado, killing three people and wounding more than 10 before being taken into custody. The motivation for the shooting by all accounts was an … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Molenbeek, Belgium’s ‘Jihad Central'”

“Molenbeek, Belgium’s ‘Jihad Central’” The New York Times, November 19, 2015 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/19/opinion/molenbeek-belgiums-jihad-central.html “The shocking and bloody attacks in Paris on Friday, Nov. 13, left a trail leading to France’s small northern neighbor, Belgium — more precisely to its capital, Brussels, … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Riedel on Prince Mohammed bin Nayef

Nov. 14, 2015 by Darius  Last week, I saw Brookings fellow Bruce Riedel talk about the unique role of Prince Muhammad bin Nayef, crown prince of Saudi Arabia, in spearheading the fight against jihad in the Middle East. Known as … 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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