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Adam Garfinkle
The Middle East & Beyond
By the Numbers
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More Fun with Economists

The real mystery isn’t why there’s a mismatch between our economic metrics and reality. It’s why we should expect them to line up in the first place.

Facts and Fiction
The Bullshistory of “Sykes-Picot”

History lesson: Sykes-Picot did not—repeat, did not—establish the borders of the modern Middle East.

Word Magic
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Rhodes to Ruin

Postmodern politicking didn’t start with the Obama Administration, but it has reached its apotheosis with Ben Rhodes.

Syria
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On With the War

Bashar al-Assad and company are actually trying to win the war. This is a somehow still a surprise in certain quarters.

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How to Misunderstand What Didn’t Happen

The Russians didn’t “intervene” is Syria so much as “surge” there. The surge is ending, with most of the Kremlin’s immediate goals accomplished. But Russia is still in Syria.

Frenemies
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The Stupidity of Saudi Bashing

It’s a little like a drug high, with a purposeless sense of exhilaration quickly giving way to a serious headache. If you’re tempted, seek counseling.

Election 2016
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On the Trumpenproletariat

Trump is for real, like it or not, because the people who are attracted to him have real problems, and for the most part they are problems not of their own making.

The Obama Doctrine
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Points of Convergence

We still may not know everything, but thanks to Jeffrey Goldberg, we know a whole lot more than we did a few days ago about how the President thinks.

Middle East Aflame
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Meanwhile, in Syria…

What’s been happening in Syria since the “cessation of hostilities” began to take effect about ten days ago? Both less and more than meets the eye of the casual observer.

The Middle East Unravels
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The P-Word

In the Middle East, if you pull on the partition string, there is really no telling where it ends.

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Signing Treaties

The Paris climate treaty is far from a done deal.

free speech and its limits

A firestorm over Hulk Hogan, Peter Thiel, and Gawker’s mischievous media mavens.

Maybe he's just a nice guy

It wasn’t exactly a prisoner swap, as most media are reporting. Did Putin get something else, or is he just trying to improve his image abroad during challenging times?

affirmative action on the brink

This conflict will probably persist as long as affirmative action does, because affirmative action partisans don’t have a clear or consistent answer to the Asian students’ concerns.

Europe's Missing Googles

Meanwhile, EU announces raft of digital “reforms” rife with mandates & regulations. Hmm, we sense a pattern here…

Asia's Game of Thrones

Najib’s comments undermine what had looked like Malaysia’s new more confrontational stance towards China.

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