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Thinking Aloud: Fool Me Once, Shame on You…

April 27, 2016 by Darius  President Obama recently wrapped up a trip to Saudi Arabia.  In a piece written just prior to Obama’s trip, Bruce Riedel of Brookings made the case for why the US must continue to invest in its … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: What’s in a Name?

Oct. 24, 2015 by Darius  Have you ever wondered, when referring to the language spoken in Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan, which term should be used, “Farsi” or “Persian”? The two aren’t actually complete synonyms. Both the terms “Persian” and “Farsi” … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “The Italians”

Aug. 9, 2015 by Darius  I recently read The Italians by John Hooper, a British journalist who has been based in Italy and southern Europe for decades.  The Italians is a charming portrait of one of Europe’s most distinctive cultures. … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “The Cause of All Nations”

July 20, 2015 by Darius  In his book The Cause of All Nations: An International History of the American Civil War, historian Don Doyle seeks to destroy the notion that the American Civil War was a purely domestic affair.  Instead, … Continue reading

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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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Thinking Aloud: “My Promised Land”

June 22, 2015 by Darius  I recently read My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel by Israeli journalist Ari Shavit.  My Promised Land was much heralded when it first came out and attempts to chronicle the entire scope … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “The Iron King”

June 19, 2015 by Darius  I recently read The Iron King, the first book in French author Maurice Druon’s acclaimed Accursed Kings historical fiction series.  The series follows the fall of the house of Capet, the line that gave rise … Continue reading

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