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Why Democrats Are Losing Non-White Voters

Why Democrats Are Losing Non-White Voters

Liberals should be wary of assuming voters of color have no home in the Republican Party. In fact, on many significant topics – faith, family, law and order – the Republicans may even speak the language of voters of color better than Democrats.

Foreign Policy is Key to Democrats’ Outreach to Arab Americans

Foreign Policy is Key to Democrats’ Outreach to Arab Americans

A popular refrain in the Arab American community during the campaign was that at least Trump didn’t start any wars in the Middle East, unlike Obama. Voters I spoke with pointed to this as a reason for not supporting Democratic candidates both during the primaries and general election.

Why Biden’s Airstrikes on Iran Militias Matter

Why Biden’s Airstrikes on Iran Militias Matter

In late February, U.S. warplanes struck targets in the Albu Kamal region of Syria, a zone on the country’s eastern border that is heavily used by Iranian-backed Shiite militias. The airstrikes weren't as insignificant as critics say.

Phillip Smyth
Israel to Biden: Tehran Can Wait

Israel to Biden: Tehran Can Wait

The U.S. and Iran are set on a course for renegotiating the 2015 nuclear deal. While reporting, I found that Israelis see a lot of room to maneuver, particularly in light of Arab countries’ normalization with Israel.

Neri Zilber
Yemenis Are Skeptical Biden’s Pivot Can End the War

Yemenis Are Skeptical Biden’s Pivot Can End the War

The reversal in U.S. policy — which was originally greenlighted by the Obama administration and continued under the Trump administration — leaves Yemenis with mixed feelings, though many are hopeful for a normalization of life. An undercover report from Sanaa.

Ahmed Mohammed
Beyond Benghazi-Gate

Beyond Benghazi-Gate

Amb. Chris Stevens was one of the main reasons I took a job in the State Department. In 2011, I admired his enthusiasm for engagement in Libya during the revolution. That moment of fleeting optimism felt a lifetime away as I stood in a hangar at Joint Air Base Andrews, waiting for his body to arrive.

Lydia Sizer
People-Driven Policy in the Middle East

People-Driven Policy in the Middle East

A Middle East ruled illegitimately by the criminally violent will always produce security threats to Americans, especially if the U.S. government is seen in the region as consorting with the enemy.

Frederic C. Hof