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The "Moby Dick" Guide to Foreign Policy

by Charles Hillvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Herman Melville’s epic is a metaphor of and manual for American statecraft. 

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The Coming Disintegration of Iraq

by Lieutenant Colonel Joel Rayburnvia The Washington Post
Friday, August 15, 2014

Nouri al-Maliki may have agreed to step down as prime minister of Iraq on Thursday, but the damage he has wrought will define his country for decades to come. The stunning collapse of the Iraqi state in its vast northern and western provinces may be Maliki’s most significant legacy. After nine decades as the capital of a unitary, centralized state, Baghdad no longer rules Kurdistan, nor Fallujah, nor Mosul, and might never rule them again.

The Palestinian People
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A Ballot-Box Test for the Palestinians

by Reuel Marc Gerechtvia Wall Street Journal
Thursday, August 14, 2014

It has become de rigueur among Israelis, and many Americans, to belittle the idea of Palestinian democracy. The 2006 legislative elections—strongly backed by President George W. Bush and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas —produced a narrow victory by Hamas, an Islamist terrorist organization, setting off a long slide for the more secular Fatah. Fatah is the muscle behind the Palestinian Authority, the government on the West Bank.

Iraq after America: Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance

Iraq after America: Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance

by Lieutenant Colonel Joel Rayburnvia Hoover Press
Friday, August 1, 2014

More than a decade after the US-led invasion of Iraq, most studies of the Iraq conflict focus on the twin questions of whether the United States should have entered Iraq in 2003 and whether it  should have exited in 2011, but few have examined the new Iraqi state and society on its own merits.

The Weaver's Lost Art

by Charles Hillvia Hoover Press
Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Looking beneath the surface of strategy, policy, and daily operations, the author uses the analogy of weaving to review the United States’ historical responsibility for maintaining international peace and security.

The Struggle for Mastery in the Fertile Crescent

by Fouad Ajamivia Hoover Press
Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Fouad Ajami analyzes the struggle for influence along the Fertile Crescent—the stretch of land that runs from Iran’s border with Iraq to the Mediterranean—among three of the regional powers that have stepped into the vacuum left by the West: Iran, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia.

The Arab Spring in Egypt
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Dictatorship By Demand

by Samuel Tadrosvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Reflections on the revolution Egypt. 

The Arab Spring in Egypt
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Egypt's Failed Revolution

featuring Samuel Tadrosvia World Affairs Journal
Monday, June 16, 2014

I've spent enough time in Egypt and interviewed enough people there to know that authentic liberals (in the general, classical, sense of the word) are thin on the ground, but they do exist and Samuel Tadros is one of them.

Middle East turmoil
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The Men Who Sealed Iraq's Disaster With a Handshake

by Fouad Ajamivia Wall Street Journal
Friday, June 13, 2014

Two men bear direct responsibility for the mayhem engulfing Iraq: Barack Obama and Nouri al-Maliki.

Protest against Bashar al-Assad

The Consequences of Syria

by Lee Smithvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, June 12, 2014

The United States's foreign policy in the Middle East will embolden our adversaries and lead to instability all throughout the region. 

 

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The Caravan


Visit the Caravan, a periodic symposium on the contemporary dilemnas of the greater Middle East.

The Working Group on Islamism and the International Order seeks to engage in the task of reversing Islamic radicalism through reforming and strengthening the legitimate role of the state across the entire Muslim world.

Efforts will draw on the intellectual resources of an array of scholars and practitioners from within the United States and abroad, to foster the pursuit of modernity, human flourishing, and the rule of law and reason in Islamic lands–developments that are critical to the very order of the international system. The working group is chaired by Hoover fellow Charles Hill with an active participation by Hoover Institution director John Raisian.

Visit The Caravan, a periodic symposium on the contemporary dilemmas of the greater Middle East.