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Will Putin Invade Ukraine (Again)?

Will Putin Invade Ukraine (Again)?

The cost to Putin in casualties would be enormous — not to mention triggering crippling economic sanctions that could shut down not just Nord Stream 2 but all of Russia’s exports of gas, oil, steel, aluminum and nickel. “We don’t see any plausible way in which Putin could actually win a war if he started it,” the British official told New Lines. “It’s not very clear what his war aims would even be.”

The Saudi Billionaire Who Sought to Join Britain’s Aristocracy

Arise, Sir Mahfouz

Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz's climb up the British social ladder began a decade ago with the purchase of a centuries-old Scottish feudal title that meant he could be legally known as the Baron of Abernethy. The title itself had no real significance, but it may explain why he is referred to as “Lord” Mahfouz on his family company’s website.

The Bandit Warlords of Nigeria

The Bandit Warlords of Nigeria

Northwestern Nigeria is suffering from a devastating conflict that most observers are still struggling to characterize. The violence has received far less international attention than the jihadist insurgency in Nigeria’s northeast, perhaps in part because these militants defy easy categorization.

James Barnett
What I Taught in the Emirates — and What It Taught Me

What I Taught in the Emirates — and What It Taught Me

The UAE wanted loyal citizens above all to preserve its political model; that primary lesson filtered down to the education system, even if it wasn’t written in the curriculum itself, in the ways that some rules were enforced and others were not, why some people were deported and others worked for decades in the same school.

Ryan Bohl
On the Kurdish Front Lines, It’s an Endless Struggle

On the Kurdish Front Lines, It’s an Endless Struggle

The Islamic State may have been defeated in the field, but they have not been defeated in Iraq. What actually happened was that their fighters retreated from Mosul and Hawija, before slowly melting back into the Sunni Arab villages — and storing their weapons in the nearby caves — and prepared for war once again. What lies across from me are the most fanatical and hardcore: Those who have hung on, who refuse to surrender or flee. And they will stay there until they win or die.

David Patrikarakos
Book Examines African Role in Western Prosperity

Book Examines African Role in Western Prosperity

Howard French’s new book, “Born in Blackness: Africa, Africans, and the Making of the Modern World, 1471 to the Second World War”, serves as a kind of elegy for the cataclysmic effect that contact with Europeans had on African societies, many of whose monarchs were enthusiastic participants in the slave trade before the Europeans arrived but with considerable differences to how it later became known.

Michael Deibert
The Allure of the Afghan Jihad

The Allure of the Afghan Jihad

Award-winning investigative journalist Tam Hussein speaks to New Lines’ Lydia Wilson about his latest article for New Lines on the mythologization of Afghanistan by Western Islamists, how jihadist propaganda spread before the internet, and why the far-right admires the Taliban.

New Lines Podcast