Defeating ISIS by Talking to It?

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by Graham E. Fuller I can’t believe that I’ve been outflanked on the Progressive Left by Fareed Zakaria! Hints of negotiation with ISIS! I’ve got a lot of respect for Zakaria—he generally works within the outer limits of the establishment… Continue Reading  

No Lone Rangers in Drone Warfare

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by Pratap Chatterjee The myth of the lone drone warrior is now well established and threatens to become as enduring as that of the lone lawman with a white horse and a silver bullet who rode out into the Wild… Continue Reading  

The Superpower Conundrum

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by Tom Engelhardt The rise and fall of great powers and their imperial domains has been a central fact of history for centuries.  It’s been a sensible, repeatedly validated framework for thinking about the fate of the planet.  So it’s… Continue Reading  

Iran Continues to Look to the East

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by Alireza Shams Lahijani One of the biggest raps against President Hassan Rouhani’s foreign policy in Iran is that he and his administration are too eager to expand relations with the West. Yet, in the two years after his election,… Continue Reading  

The Heavy Historical Baggage of U.S. Policy Toward the Middle East

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by Paul R. Pillar There is much to be said for what is commonly called a “zero-based review”—a fresh look at a problem or project unencumbered by existing assumptions and practices. Just about any organization or mission could benefit periodically… Continue Reading