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Is Iran Taking the China Road?

Is Iran Taking the China Road?

Is the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme leader of the Islamic Republic, a...

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Is Putin Our Ally in Syria?

Is Putin Our Ally in Syria?

Among the presidential candidates of the Republican Party and their foreign policy...

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Is ISIS Coming to Damascus?

Is ISIS Coming to Damascus?

Who rises if Assad falls? That question, which has bedeviled U.S. experts on the...

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Secularists vs. Suicide Bombers

Secularists vs. Suicide Bombers

“What apparently happened was that the Iraqi forces just showed no will to fight....

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Whose Job Is It to Kill ISIS?

Whose Job Is It to Kill ISIS?

Seeing clips of that 22-minute video of the immolation of the Jordanian pilot, one...

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The Unraveling of Sykes-Picot

The Unraveling of Sykes-Picot

The thrice-promised land it has been called. It is that land north of Mecca and...

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White Lies, Black Borders, and Red Lines

White Lies, Black Borders, and Red Lines

Every schoolchild is taught that the evil Germans invaded Poland in 1939 because...

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Negotiations—or War With Iran?

Negotiations—or War With Iran?

“It would be unconscionable to go to war if we haven’t had such discussions,” said...

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The Natural Map of the Middle East

The Natural Map of the Middle East

“Apart from political maps of mankind, there are natural maps of mankind. ... One...

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Af-gone-istan

Af-gone-istan

My fascination with Afghanistan—especially the area now called Nuristan but...

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Boering Our Way to Victory

Boering Our Way to Victory

Back in the days of $16 barrels of oil (it really was that low only a decade ago)...

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Likudniks

Likudniks

You have to love Likud, Israel’s governing party. Its politicians may not be as...

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The Murderers of Christianity

The Murderers of Christianity

Sunday, on the eve of All Saints’ Day, Nov. 1, 2010, the faithful gathered at the...

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Let it Leak: Wikileaks and Patriotic Whistle-Blowing

Let it Leak: Wikileaks and Patriotic Whistle-Blowing

Spare a kind thought for my old friend Michael Morrell’s oldest son, Geoff, the...

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