Category Archives: Middle East

Wake Up Detroit; Or Why Can’t Wait Any Longer

President Obama heads to Ohio today (see: crucial electoral state) to tour a Crystler plant and most likely speak about American ingenuity and innovation. This will coincide nicely with the release of a government jobs report, which will probably show that … Continue reading

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Finally

Via BBC. The EU has finally agreed to issue a set of sanctions against Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and officials in his regime. Whether this development is a direct result of President Obama’s speech last week is indeterminable, however, what we … Continue reading

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Pandering

Takeaways from yesterday’s speech: 1. After years of pursuing a strategy based on pragmatism, the President  elevated enhancing democratic reforms and strengthening human rights to a US core priority for the region. This, to me, is the most critical portion … Continue reading

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The West Wing

One of the coolest photographs I have ever seen. From the White House: President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with members of the national security team, receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in … Continue reading

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3,520 days

Lest we forget the reasons. I wondered, walking to the white house last night, what the celebration was really about. It was not about the death of bin-Laden, for in the end he was just a symbol. And it wasn’t … Continue reading

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Keep up, BBC

One thing I would like to note, I wrote about the reasons which make Syria important for U.S. foreign policy almost a month ago.  It is good to see that BBC is finally catching on. Although, I still doubt the U.S. will … Continue reading

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A Second Life

Jarret Brachman and Alix Levine pose an interesting theory about terrorist use of the internet in FP. Essentially they argue that online web forums use popular “gaming” techniques, such as establishing “rep points” or “likes,” which serve to entrench individuals into … Continue reading

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That Other War

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates made an unannounced visit in Baghdad this past week to speak about the future of the 50,000 or so US-led coalition forces still stationed in Iraq. The “Agreement Between the United States of America and … Continue reading

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The Heavyweights Weigh In

I would urge you to read today’s op-ed by two former Secretaries of State, Henry Kissinger and James Baker, on the military intervention in Libya. I would say this is the closest piece, out of those I’ve read anyway, to … Continue reading

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Again and Again and Again

Libyan rebels, who have apparently shipped off $106 million worth of oil this week, are calling on NATO to step up the air raids against regime military positions. Apparently regime forces have positioned equipment, trucks, personnel and tanks, in largely civilian … Continue reading

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