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America’s Middle East Allies Are Free Riders No More

America’s Middle East Allies Are Free Riders No More

We are witnessing an intense scramble for control of the Middle East among mostly autocratic, disparate regimes, creating new alignments where the fabulous wealth of small states is conjugated with countries boasting larger armies, with proxies and mercenaries as expendable cannon fodder in tow.

Brett McGurk: A Hero of Our Time

Brett McGurk: A Hero of Our Time

Every generation of American diplomats has a figure who becomes the face of the era in foreign policy, a Dean Acheson, Henry Kissinger, or Richard Holbrooke. The years of pain and sorrow otherwise known as the Forever Wars may have found their own symbol in Brett McGurk.

Israel’s Right-Wing Rhetoric Offers a Glimpse of the GOP Future

Israel’s Right-Wing Rhetoric Offers a Glimpse of the GOP Future

Since the killing of Yitzhak Rabin in 1995, Israel’s politics have taken a distinctly right-wing turn, centered around Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The parallels between that journey and that of the Republican Party, as it grapples with the legacy of Donald Trump, are stark.

Rula Jebreal
America’s Preexisting Conditions

America’s Preexisting Conditions

Consider first the systematic, crippling insecurity that too many Americans suffer for lack of basic resources. The pandemic has accentuated this insecurity.

Abdul El-Sayed
Little Man, What Now?

Little Man, What Now?

Can anyone now deny that the core of MAGA is a molten cauldron of cultural and psychological pathologies characteristic of middle-class dilettantes and people with at least enough money to have way too much time on their hands?

Michael Weiss
After Soleimani

After Soleimani

The height of Iran’s influence — at least as presently expressed through the IRGC — has probably passed. Whether we’ve entered a period of stasis or decline is as yet unclear, but the latter seems more probable.

Afshon Ostovar
The Spectacle of Trump’s Unsuccess

The Spectacle of Trump’s Unsuccess

That America’s first authoritarian commander-in-chief appears to be going out as “Richard III” directed by Corky St. Clair is a relief, but it’s also a testament to just how nourished Trump has been by the mere spectacle of success more than the thing itself.

Michael Weiss