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November 3, 2010

United States
The Midterm Elections and Mideast Foreign Policy

Greetings from Washington. Thanks to all who sent messages inquiring about my safety after the Istanbul bombing last Sunday (look for a post on that issue soon). Today, I have a very special guest …

Midterm Elections Middle East Foreign Policy

December 3, 2010

Technology and Innovation
The Climategate Dud

Like most other climate change observers, I’ve been pretty convinced that “Climategate” – the publication of stolen e-mails from the University of East Anglia that showed climate scientists in an ugl…

June 15, 2011

Fossil Fuels
Oil Markets and the Stanley Cup

Over at The Water’s Edge, my friend and colleague Jim Lindsay explains what the Stanley Cup finals tell us about globalization. This blog’s job is to provide its readers with essential insights into …

November 11, 2011

Climate Change
Can the Keystone XL Coalition Stop Climate Change?

Bryan Walsh, writing at TIME, is right: Bill McKibben and the Keystone XL protestors have pulled off something pretty impressive. I’m not talking about the merits of the indefinite delay to the pipel…

January 6, 2012

Middle East Matters This Week: Bombs, More Bombs, and Peace Talks

Significant Middle East Developments Syria. At least twenty-five people were killed, and dozens more injured, by a bomb attack in Damascus today. It was the second bombing to take place in Syria’s c…

People gather around damaged cars at the site of an explosion in the Maidan district of Damascus January 6, 2012, in this handout photograph released by Syria's national news agency SANA. A suicide bomber killed several people and wounded dozens in central Damascus on Friday, Syrian state television said.

January 27, 2012

Middle East Matters This Week: Egypt’s Tumultuous Anniversary

Significant Middle East Developments Egypt. Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians returned to Tahrir Square on Friday chanting “down with military rule” in a day dubbed “The Friday of Pride and Dignity…

Demonstrators take part in a protest marking the first anniversary of Egypt's uprising at Tahrir square in Cairo on January 25, 2012 (Mohamed Abd El-Ghany/Courtesy Reuters).

June 27, 2012

United States
Washington’s Chronic Threat Inflation

In the March/April print edition of Foreign Affairs, Michael Cohen and I coauthored an essay challenging the prevailing rhetoric of Washington-centric threat inflation, “Clear and Present Safety: The…


June 28, 2012

International Organizations
Prospects for the Geneva Summit—and other Matters

U.S. lawmakers may be preparing for their summer recess (and just in time to escape a brutal DC heat wave), but the news cycle will certainly not be slowing down. Join Jim Lindsay and me, filling in …

Smokes rises after an explosion was heard near the Palace of Justice in central Damascus

September 13, 2012

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: Tragedy in Libya and Regional Unrest

On a personal note, I send my heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, and Tyrone Woods killed in Benghazi on Tuesday. Chris and I were…

Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, smiles at his home in Tripoli on June 28, 2012 (Al-Fetori/Courtesy Reuters).

September 28, 2012

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: The UN Debates Amidst Regional Turbulence

Significant Middle East Developments Israel and Palestine. Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the UN General Assembly yesterday within minute…

Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu draws red line on graphic of bomb as he addresses 67th United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 28, 2012 (Jackson/Courtesy Reuters).