To Fix Iraq, Don’t Lose Sight of Syria

by Julien Barnes-Dacey The designation of Haider al-Abadi as the new prime minister of Iraq is a significant step toward opposing the Islamic State if his premiership can be secured and fulfils the potential to create an urgently needed cross-sectarian coalition… Continue Reading  

Messy Realities and the Unhelpful Debate on U.S. Foreign Policy

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by Paul Pillar Much current debate in the United States about foreign policy can be boiled down—at the risk of the sort of oversimplification that too often characterizes the debate itself—to the following. On one side are calls for the… Continue Reading  

Far-Right Fighters from Europe Fight for Ukraine

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by Fausto Biloslavo Almost 80 years ago, ideological true believers from all over the world flocked to Spain to fight in a civil war, serving in the famed International Brigades on the Republican side. These days, echoes of Spain can… Continue Reading  

Obama: Into Africa

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by John Feffer President Obama is definitely “into” Africa. As much as possible in a world riven by multiple crises, the president has made the continent a focus of his policymaking. Turning his own Kenyan heritage into a personal bridge… Continue Reading  

Dedication, Destruction and Hamas

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by Paul Pillar Applying a familiar label or phrase can be a substitute for good analysis, or for any analysis at all. The application activates a set of presumptions associated with the label or phrase while brushing aside any other… Continue Reading