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Weekend Reading: Why Shiites Fight, Egyptian Time Warp, and Militia Madness in Libya

January 10, 2014

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Rodger Shanahan says that Shiites fighting in Syria are doing so not for sectarian reasons, but rather for reasons of geopolitics and self-preservation.

Mohammed Fadel argues that Egypt has returned to the status quo of the 1950s with the Free Officers’ moves to consolidate power by destroying their opponents.

Imad Mesdoua analyzes Libya’s current security situation, discussing the country’s ever expanding network of militias.