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May 3, 2010

Cybersecurity
Apples Are to Oranges As Cyber Is To?

Photo courtesy of flickr/Dano Cyber conflict remains an issue in search of a conceptual framework. In his widely noted, and controversial piece in the Washington Post, Michael McConnell, the forme…

Apples Are to Oranges As Cyber Is To?

October 18, 2010

Politics and Government
Truthiness in Cairo

Cairo - It used to be that Egypt did big things based on big ideas. The Aswan High Dam, unity with Syria, Nasserism, the Crossing (of the Suez Canal), infitah, and peace with Israel, to name just …

Truthiness in Cairo

October 29, 2010

United States
Living Dangerously in Lebanon

Not a lot of time for blogging today. I have a post in the works for the weekend. In the meantime, things are heating up in Lebanon. Hizballah Secretary General, Hassan Nasrallah, declared today…

Living Dangerously in Lebanon

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

November 12, 2010

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Friday File: Obama in Asia

Above the Fold: The big news of the week has been President Obama’s Asia trip.  The coverage at home has generally been positive.  Walter Russell Mead reviews the India leg of the trip and applauds…

Friday File: Obama in Asia

December 17, 2010

Roundup

Shi’ite pilgrims pray at Imam Abbas shrine in the holy city of Kerbala in Iraq. Shi’ite Muslims are commemorating Ashura, the most important day in the Shi’ite calendar which remembers the death of…

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December 29, 2010

Iraq
The Most Important Stories on the Middle East of 2010

I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season. Check out the picture of “Father Time” above. As we bid goodbye to 2010 and say hello to 2011, it is time for that great American pastime of lists:…

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January 12, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
Can Lebanon Escape?

A supporter waves a Lebanese flag over thousands of anti-Syrian protesters during a rally in Beirut March 14, 2005. (Damir Sagolj/Courtesy Reuters) Newspapers today are reporting that Hezbollah-back…

Can Lebanon Escape?

January 16, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
Who’s Next After Tunisia?

Tunisia's President Ben Ali talks with Qatar emir Sheikh Hamad, Algeria's President Bouteflika and Syria's President Al-Assad as they pose for a family photograph at the Arab League summi…

Who’s Next After Tunisia?

January 19, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
Obama at Half Time: Two Years in the Middle East

©2010 Google - Imagery ©2010 TerraMetrics There will be many assessments of what President Obama has achieved in the Middle East during his two years as president, and few will be positive. Twenty …

Obama at Half Time: Two Years in the Middle East