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January 26, 2014

Why the U.S. and Russia Won’t Cooperate to Protect the Sochi Games

With the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia scheduled to start in twelve days, U.S. officials and policymakers have repeatedly raised the possibility of a terrorist attack by Chechen militant…

September 6, 2013

Egypt
Weekend Reading: Syria’s “Moderates,” Egypt’s Officers, and Tunisia’s Islamists

Karl Sharro provides, in comical fashion, a guide to Syria’s moderate rebels. Sara Salem reviews the Egyptian military vis-à-vis the 2011 uprising. Alaya Allani argues that Tunisia’s Islamists prom…

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May 2, 2014

Lebanon
Weekend Listening/Viewing/Reading: Satire in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia’s "Garden," and Lebanese Relief Workers

Karl Sharro discusses Lebanese politics and the role of satire in political analysis of the Middle East on Karl Morand’s Middle East Week Podcast.   Pascal Menoret’s photographic journey of the cit…

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March 3, 2015

United States
The Ten Best Memoirs of the Vietnam War

Yesterday, I posted my picks for the best histories of the Vietnam War. While those books all provide excellent analyses of the war, another way to understand U.S. involvement in Vietnam is through t…

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March 6, 2015

United States
Ten Vietnam War Novels to Read

All week I have been blogging on the best histories, memoirs, films, and songs to mark Sunday’s fiftieth anniversary of the arrival of the first U.S. combat troops in Vietnam. Today I want to look at…

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July 9, 2015

Defense and Security
You Might Have Missed: Whack-a-mole, Sugary Drinks, and Libya

Gitanjali M. Singh, et al., “Estimated Global, Regional, and National Disease Burdens Related to Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption in 2010,” Circulation, June 29, 2015. Worldwide, the model estim…

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January 23, 2015

Yemen
Weekend Reading: After the Uprisings, Egypt’s Despotism, and Yemen’s Meltdown

Karl Sharro presents a satirically “simple” diagram of the Arab uprisings and their aftermath. Amro Ali looks at how the citizen contributes to the sustainability of despotism in Egypt. Susanne Dah…

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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 25, 2011

Immigration and Migration
Can the GOP Win the Latino Vote – and Does It Matter?

First lady Michelle Obama attends a Hispanic Heritage event at Lamb Public Charter School in Washington (Yuri Gripas/Courtesy Reuters). At last week’s Republican presidential debate a member of the …

Can the GOP Win the Latino Vote – and Does It Matter?

June 1, 2012

United States
Who Will Investigate the Leaks?

Today’s New York Times carries a story revealing that "From his first months in office, President Obama secretly ordered increasingly sophisticated attacks on the computer systems that run Iran’s mai…