Debunking a Myth about Central Asia’s Borders

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by Alexander Morrison Few parts of the world are the subject of as much sustained journalistic ignorance as Central Asia. News from what are patronizingly known as the “stans” rarely makes it into mainstream news outlets, except in connection to… Continue Reading  

Leak-Shopping and the Politicization of Intelligence

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by Paul R. Pillar Consistency has not been a hallmark of the Trump Administration’s posture regarding the divulging to the press and the public of information that had been the stuff of behind-closed-doors deliberations inside government.  Members of the press… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Pentagon Budget Boost: Shades of Ronald Reagan

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by Gordon Adams The last time a president went for a peacetime defense budget increase of the magnitude the Donald is seeking was 1981. Showing no originality, the current office-holder has even borrowed Ronald Reagan’s bumper sticker: “Peace Through Strength”!… Continue Reading  

Sanders Talks Israel, Trump, and Anti-Semitism at J Street

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Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) gave the following speech at the J Street Conference on February 27, 2017. Thank you for inviting me to address you here today. It’s a pleasure to be here with J Street, which has been such a strong… Continue Reading  

Designating the Muslim Brotherhood a Terrorist Organization Is Bad for America

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by Emile Nakhleh Much has been written recently about the Trump administration’s possible plans to designate the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) a terrorist organization. Such thinking reflects ignorance of the organization and its history, ideology, and deep roots in the Muslim… Continue Reading