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May 4, 2017

United States
Eleven More Classic Vietnam War Protest Songs

Two years ago, I posted my picks for "The Twenty Best Vietnam Protest Songs." I compiled the list as part of a series of posts commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the first U.S. combat troops a…

Mick Jagger featured in the 1970 documentary, "Gimme Shelter." (Photo : Reuters)

March 6, 2017

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Puerto Rico’s Daunting Fiscal Math (My View)

An applied economics question: A country with no independent monetary policy, undergoing a ten-year slump that has reduced its real GDP on average by over a percentage point a year, needs to do a …

January 17, 2017

Elections and Voting
Remembering the Best (and Worst) Inaugural Addresses

In three days, Donald J. Trump gets to do what only thirty-eight other Americans have ever done: deliver an inaugural address. He can expect a large audience for his remarks. Nearly 38 million Americ…

President-elect Trump's view from his podium is seen during a dress rehearsal on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington

September 30, 2016

Israel
Weekend Reading: Shimon Peres, Egypt’s Ultras, and the Kurds of Iran

Reading selections for the weekend of September 30, 2016.

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June 3, 2016

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2016 Friday Foreign Policy Roundup: Hillary Clinton Questions Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy Fitness

Hillary Clinton used her highly touted speech in San Diego yesterday to lace into Donald Trump. Her message was simple: Donald Trump’s ideas aren’t just different–they are dangerously incoherent. …

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April 29, 2016

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2016 Friday Foreign Policy Roundup: Donald Trump Champions America First

I have been skeptical that 2016 will be a foreign-policy election. But Donald Trump seems determined to prove me wrong. In a major speech on Wednesday, he launched a frontal assault on the fundamenta…

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October 26, 2015

Red Team Reading List

In the course of researching and writing my book, Red Team: How to Succeed by Thinking Like the Enemy, over five years, I read (or skimmed) everything I could find about the subject—within the limits…

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October 9, 2015

Iraq
Weekend Reading: Turkey and the EU, Tunisia’s Nobel Winners, and Life in the Qandil Mountains

Natasha Lennard examines the altering dynamics between Turkey and the European Union brought about by the refugee crisis. Read the press release announcing that the Tunisian National Dialogue Quarte…

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July 20, 2015

Iran
The Iran Deal: Tastes Great! Less Filling!

It is rather difficult to know what to say about the Iran nuclear deal. It seems that everything that needs to be said has been said and will continue to be said in the coming days over and over and …

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April 23, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
U.S. Visa Revocation

When Secretary of State John Kerry visited Nigeria in January in advance of Nigeria’s March 28 elections, he observed that anyone who incited violence or interfered with the electoral process would b…

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