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Adam Garfinkle
The Middle East & Beyond
Back to Basics
Back to Basics

We should take a moment to compose ourselves before crafting a response to ISIS’s outrages, lest we make things worse. (And yes, things can get worse.)

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.

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To You and Yours

Some reading and listening material for the holiday.


For many Americans, it may not feel like things are going very well lately, but in some critical ways, life in America is better than ever.

Abenomics Lives

Japan needs more than the short-term stimulus Abe is reportedly proposing. Its future prospects are better than many realize.

after paris

If you’re looking for culprits, don’t forget the centrists.

campus unrest

Anxious Ivy League presidents are trying to appease campus radicals with huge payouts to left-wing campus identity programs.

Volatile Volts

Thanks to wind and solar, Germany’s power market is so volatile that traders have to rely on computers to keep up with price swings.

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