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Adam Garfinkle
The Middle East & Beyond
Tactics and Strategy
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Putin, Obama, and the Middle East

President Obama may not have a coherent strategy. But maybe it’s too soon to judge with confidence how the end result of his contradictory, floundering policies might play out—in the Middle East and in the world at large.

Syrian Civil War
Russia’s Third Circles

The Pentagon is flummoxed as to what Russia’s intentions are in Syria. Please allow me to clear up the confusion.

The Refugee Crisis
Insane Asylum

Germany’s warm welcome to Syria’s refugees is earning the country good press, but it may also be sowing the seeds of long-term agony.

Behind the Headlines
Another Middle Eastern Game of Chutes and Ladders

What’s really going on—if anything—with the Hamas-Israel deal reported to be in the offing?

Obama & the Iran Deal
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The Big Sell

A look at the truths, falsehoods, and ambiguous statements proffered by the Obama Administration in selling the Iran deal to the American public.

Iran and the Deal
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Madness and Skill

Many people assume Iran’s Supreme Leader does not know what he is doing. It’s a mistake to do so.

The War on Spam
Blocking the Robocallers

How to stop “Bridget with card holder services” from ruining your day.

The Iran Deal
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The Real Debate

The Iran deal is seriously compromised in several places, and deserves a “no” vote. But anyone who believes the deal deserves the thumbs down in Congress is obligated to specify an alternative policy.

Middle East Mess
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The Real Deal

Torrents of commentary are coming our way on the Iran deal. Take care of whom you trust.

Iran and the Bomb
The Waiting Game

Another “deadline” in the Iranian nuclear negotiations has come and gone. Why the delays? What are the Mullahs thinking? For that matter, what is the President thinking?

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Saudi Arabia and ISIS

If ISIS becomes a third player in the Yemeni war, that involvement will complicate even further what’s already starting to look like a quagmire for the Saudis.


19 out of 28 EU member states have asked to opt out of perfectly safe GMOs this year.

The Battle for Ukraine

If some reports of Friday’s meeting are to be believed, Russia is getting what it wants in Ukraine, freeing Moscow to focus on Syria.

Corruption and Incompetence

International organizations often get away with a lot more corruption than their national counterparts.

Limping to Paris

Negotiators finally pared down a bloated draft climate treaty text…to 20 pages of equivocation.

burning bridges

Spain’s capital city is cutting ties with credit rating agencies. This is all very well so long as Madrid doesn’t want anybody to lend it money ever again.

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