Heartstrings and Aleppo

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by Paul R. Pillar Among large-scale tragedies involving human suffering and the many examples of man’s inhumanity toward man, only a few capture our imaginations and sway our collective emotions. The question of which specific episodes achieve this special salience… Continue Reading  

The Erosion of West-Saudi Relations

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by Eldar Mamedov On December 14, the European Parliament adopted a report on the E.U.’s common foreign and security policy, which expresses the assembly’s views on key issues in the E.U.’s external relations. Among other positions, the E.P. condemned the… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Pick for Ambassador to Israel Could Kill the Two-State Solution

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by Eli Clifton This article was first published by the The Nation and was reprinted here with permission. Copyright The Nation.  Early in his unconventional candidacy, Donald Trump embraced the possibility that he would kick the failed cycle of repeated US-brokered… Continue Reading  

Why Intelligence Briefings Matter

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by Paul R. Pillar and Roger George As President-elect Donald Trump establishes his national-security team and delves into major foreign-policy issues, it is clear that he begins with a dim view of what intelligence can offer. Like many presidents-elect without… Continue Reading  

The New Exterminatory Warfare

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by Edward Hunt During its final years in office, the Obama administration has devised a new form of warfare with major implications for how the U.S. government confronts its enemies. With the ability to quickly locate and eliminate potential adversaries… Continue Reading