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The Classicist: The Siren Song Of Globalization

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Classicist
Tuesday, March 10, 2020

On the corrosive effects of excessive transnationalism.

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Crisis Of The Iranian Order

by Tony Badranvia The Caravan
Tuesday, March 10, 2020

The “transnational”: this is how Qassem Soleimani, the former head of Iran’s Qods Force, who was killed in a January U.S. missile strike in Baghdad, is described in Hezbollah-run schools in Lebanon. 

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The Islamic Republic Soldiering On

by Sanam Vakilvia The Caravan
Tuesday, March 10, 2020

A look back at the past few months of tumultuous domestic events in Iran and around the Middle East might lend favour to the view that Donald Trump’s maximum pressure campaign against the Islamic Republic is destabilising and weakening Iran alongside its grip on its regional networks.

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Iran Doesn’t Understand ‘Maximum Pressure’

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, March 10, 2020

The theocracy grows more desperate by the day and can no longer rely on its usual tactics to thwart its Arab enemies and the West.

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Leaving The Middle East?

by Peter R. Mansoorvia Strategika
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

With the exception of President George H. W. Bush, every U.S. president since the end of the Cold War has promised American retrenchment from the Middle East. They all have failed to make good on their promises.

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The Shia Vs. The “Shia Crescent”

by Hanin Ghaddarvia The Caravan
Thursday, March 5, 2020

On February 15, 2020, Hezbollah organized a ceremony to unveil a statue of Qassem Soleimani in the Lebanese town of Maroun al-Ras, roughly half a mile from the border with Israel. The statue shows Soleimani with his arm stretched out in front of him, pointing toward Israel. 

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A Shia ‘Awakening’?

by Nibras Kazimivia The Caravan
Thursday, March 5, 2020

The proponents of America’s ‘maximum pressure’ campaign against Iran have argued that the four-month-long anti-status quo protests that have wracked Iraq, Lebanon and Iran are transnational in character and seek to limit or end the influence of Iran’s current leadership both regionally and internally. 

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John Yoo: Deal Or No Deal? US Launches Strike At Taliban After Peace Agreement

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Thursday, March 5, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo breaks down the complicated foreign policy in Afghanistan and reacts to Sen. Bernie Sanders' past remarks on dictatorship.


The World Is ‘Dangerously Unprepared’ For The Next Epidemic

by Markos Kounalakisvia Dallas News
Monday, February 8, 2016

Mobile apps are a fabulous waste of time and infinitely diverting. Except for "Plague."

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The Mind Is A Map-Maker

by Charles Hillvia The Caravan
Tuesday, March 3, 2020

A map of the Middle East after the World War I collapse of the Ottoman Empire and Caliphate shows no state boundaries, only lines of control by European powers over the territories vacated by “The Sublime Porte” -- the Islamic hegemon in Istanbul.