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The Caravan: Barack Houdini: Making Syria Disappear

by Fouad Ajamivia Advancing a Free Society
Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The online publication, Politico, put it well: Barack Obama tripped over Syria and fell on Iran.  That remarkable Obama luck, the luck that saw him through his bid for the United States Senate, the obtuseness of the Hillary Clinton campaign th


Q&A with Abbas Milani

with Abbas Milanivia Stanford Daily
Monday, September 30, 2013

Abbas Milani is the director of the Iranian Studies Program at Stanford, co-director of the Iran Dem...


Abbas Milani on Forum with Michael Krasny (1:58)

with Abbas Milanivia Forum with Michael Krasny (KQED)
Thursday, September 26, 2013

Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani delivered a message of tolerance to the United Nations this week. He said the United States and Iran can 'manage our difference' and that 'peace is within reach,' while calling the sanctions against his country over its nuclear program a form of violence. We discuss the possibilities for diplomacy with President Rouhani and the nuclear future of Iran.


Fouad Ajami on The John Batchelor Show (30:58)

with Fouad Ajamivia John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Fouad Ajami discusses current events in the Middle East on the John Batchelor Show.


Fouad Ajami on To the Point with Warren Olney (15:10)

with Fouad Ajamivia To The Point (KCRW)
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
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How Obama Was Checkmated by Iran

by Fouad Ajamivia Bloomberg View
Monday, September 23, 2013

“Down is up and up is down. I feel like we have passed through the looking glass and are looking back at a backwards world,” a military historian of the modern Middle East wrote in a recent note to me about the hectic diplomacy over Syria and Iran. “Where did all the realists go? It’s as though the Cold War never took place.”

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The Caravan: Not Really About Syria

by Reuel Marc Gerechtvia Advancing a Free Society
Monday, September 23, 2013

The Geneva Syrian talks, like the President’s speech on Syria, have left out many things, but most importantly several inescapable truths about this conflict:

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Obama and Assad Buy a Precious Commodity: Time

by Fouad Ajamivia Bloomberg View
Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Asli Aydintasbas, a young Turkish columnist with steely nerves and a keen grasp of Middle Eastern politics, sent a note from Istanbul to a Hoover Institution

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The Caravan: The End of Syria?

by Itamar Rabinovichvia Advancing a Free Society
Monday, September 16, 2013
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Obama’s Foreign Policy Legacy

by Russell A. Bermanvia Defining Ideas
Friday, September 13, 2013

Anti-Americanism is back in Egypt and Germany.


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.