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Afghanistan

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Learning the Wrong Lessons from the Wrong Wars

Published on August 20th, 2014 | by James Russell

by James A. Russell The apparent beheading of American journalist James Foley adds a particularly gruesome and tragic twist to the sports event-like reporting of our attempts to thwart the advances of the Islamic State in ... Read More


Russia

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Ukraine’s Next Crisis? Economic Disaster

Published on August 20th, 2014 | by Guest

by Robert Bensh Ukraine’s next crisis will be a devastatingly economic one, as violent conflict destroys critical infrastructure in the east and brings key industry to a halt, furthering weakening the energy sector by crippling coal-based ... Read More


Iraq

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Public Offers Support for Obama’s Iraq Intervention

Published on August 19th, 2014 | by Jim Lobe

by Jim Lobe Despite rising criticism of his foreign policy — even from his former secretary of state — President Barack Obama’s decision last week to carry out airstrikes against Islamic State militants in northern Iraq ... Read More


Analysis

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Maliki is Gone: Now What?

Published on August 18th, 2014 | by Shireen Hunter

by Shireen T. Hunter Nouri al-Maliki is no longer Iraq’s prime minister, but his departure does not mean that Iraq’s problems will be resolved easily or soon. A basic change must first occur in Iraq’s domestic politics, the power ... Read More


Egypt

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Egypt’s Gaza Truce Proposal: What Does it Mean?

Published on August 18th, 2014 | by Mitchell Plitnick

by Mitchell Plitnick According to reports, Egypt has given both Israel and Hamas a take-it-or-leave-it plan for ending the current round of violence. It bears examination, not only for its intrinsic worth, but also for the ... Read More


Israel

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The Ayes [Don’t] Have It

Published on August 17th, 2014 | by Henry Precht

by Henry Precht Two significant anniversaries this month: the 1914 beginning of fighting in World War I in Europe and the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin incident in Vietnam. The outbreak of conflict 100 years ago followed ... Read More


GCC

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To Fix Iraq, Don’t Lose Sight of Syria

Published on August 16th, 2014 | by Guest

by Julien Barnes-Dacey The designation of Haider al-Abadi as the new prime minister of Iraq is a significant step toward opposing the Islamic State if his premiership can be secured and fulfils the potential to create an ... Read More


Analysis

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Profiting From Iranophobia?

Published on August 15th, 2014 | by Jim Lobe

by Jim Lobe Eli has a new blog post on The Nation’s website today that provides additional details about the curious — one is tempted to say incestuous — relationship between the staff of United Against Nuclear Iran ... Read More


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