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Analysis and Commentary

America’s Spiteful Foreign Policy

by Ayaan Hirsi Alivia UnHerd
Monday, July 26, 2021

Its plan for the Middle East has been corrupted by petulant party politics


How To Avert Disaster In Afghanistan

by H. R. McMaster, Bradley Bowmanvia The Wall Street Journal
Monday, July 26, 2021

[Subscription required] The least the U.S. can do is offer air support, intel and ensure proper logistics and maintenance contracting.

Analysis and Commentary

Lebanon Left Behind: What America Can Do To Save Beirut

by Russell A. Bermanvia National Interest
Sunday, July 25, 2021

There is clearly no political appetite in Washington for costly foreign initiatives, especially not in the Middle East. Yet there are important steps it can take to move Lebanon toward stability without outsized costs.

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Mohammed Bin Salman And Saudi Arabia

interview with Ben Hubbard, Russell A. Bermanvia The Caravan Notebook
Wednesday, July 21, 2021

A discussion with Ben Hubbard, author of MBS.

Analysis and Commentary

The Clash Within Liberal Democracy: Israel, The United States, And The West

by Peter Berkowitzvia Mosaic Magazine
Wednesday, July 21, 2021

To ease social animosities and heal political wounds, leaders and citizens in America and Israel must rededicate themselves to the principles of liberal democracy. (Note: to read the article, you must register an account on Mosaic)


The US Should Make A Stand In Lebanon To Push Back Against Iran's Ambitions

by Russell A. Bermanvia The Hill
Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Lebanon is facing a dangerous combination of accelerating crises — economic, political and societal. Although Lebanon is a small country, important issues for U.S. national interest and geo-strategy are at stake. Yet, currently, American Middle East foreign policy is devoted to the single obsession of the Iran negotiations, leaving little oxygen for other matters. This is a mistake. 

Analysis and Commentary

Why Islamism Became Woke

by Ayaan Hirsi Alivia UnHerd
Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Extremists are using progressive rhetoric to fool the West

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Winning The War Or Spinning The War?

by Barry Straussvia Military History in the News
Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Who won the recent war or, as some would call it, mini-war between Hamas and Israel that lasted for eleven days this past May? It depends whom you ask.

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Prey: A Panel Discussion on Europe, Islam, and Women’s Rights

interview with Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Christopher Caldwell, Valerie M. Hudsonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, July 2, 2021

Prey: Immigration, Islam, and the Erosion of Women’s Rights, Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s book on the explosion of sexual violence and harassment in Europe, was published in early 2021. Since then, the book has sparked a worldwide discussion online and offline about the immigration of huge numbers of mostly young Muslim men to European cities and its effect on the women who live there. To discuss this phenomenon, Peter Robinson is joined by Prey author and Hoover Institution research fellow Ayaan Hirsi AliValerie Hudson, a professor of political science at the Bush School at Texas A&M University and an expert on women’s rights and demographics; and Christopher Caldwell, a senior fellow at the Claremont Institute and author.

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Unsalvageable Phenomena: A Doubter’s Guide To Middle Eastern Oil And US Foreign Policy

by Tristan Abbeyvia The Caravan Notebook
Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Does Middle East security really revolve around oil? According to this policy practitioner, doubts are accumulating about the “petrocentric” theory of the region's geopolitics, with anomalies that cannot be easily explained away by the conventional fixation on oil production. This essay draws on parallels from historical astronomy to suggest the time is ripe for a strategic revolution in the minds of American policy makers.