Presidential Politics and the Lessons Learned from Middle East Dictatorships

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by Adam Simpson One of the memes dominating US foreign policy debates is the appropriate American posture toward the leaders of other countries, particularly in the Middle East. Republican Presidential candidates Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Donald Trump have all… Continue Reading  

Exclusive: Documents Confirm Leak of Unexplained Deposits to Nisman’s US Bank Account

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by Michael LaSusa [Editor’s Note: As readers of this blog know, we have been covering various aspects of the investigation by the late Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman into the horrific 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos… Continue Reading  

The Obama Administration Is Right to Reject the “Settlements=Israel” Conflation

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by Lara Friedman Attention is finally focusing on a bill pending in Congress that would make it U.S. policy to defend and support Israeli settlements. Known as the Customs Bill, this legislation regulates U.S. trade relations with foreign countries and… Continue Reading  

We Need More From Our Candidates on the Middle East

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by James J. Zogby  I have long argued that how candidates for high office speak about the Middle East should be a critical test of their capacity to lead our nation. Since the end of the Vietnam war, we have… Continue Reading  

How to Avert Real Change in Election 2016

Army Combat Helmets assigned to Soldiers participating in the 2009 U.S. Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition sit at the ready during the Urban Warfighting Orientation Course phase of the competition. The competition brought 28 Soldiers and non-commissioned officers from Guam to New Hampshire to Fort McCoy to determine the best of the Army Reserve. The Army Reserve winners will then compete in the Department of the Army competition held later this year at Fort Lee, Va.

by Andrew Bacevich To judge by the early returns, the presidential race of 2016 is shaping up as the most disheartening in recent memory. Other than as a form of low entertainment, the speeches, debates, campaign events, and slick TV… Continue Reading