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Adam Garfinkle
The Middle East & Beyond
Armed and Dangerous
Cops and the Fourth Amendment

President Obama’s announcement today that local police forces in the United States will no longer be able to access certain kinds of military surplus equipment is the best news we’ve heard from the White House in a long time.

Precedents
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Syrian Lies, and an Iranian Surmise

What does the revelation about Syria cheating on its chemical weapons commitments tell us about the Iran negotiations? Plenty—and it isn’t pretty.

The Middle East and Beyond
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The Baltimore Spring

Tugging on the common threads of Baltimore 2015 and Cairo 2011.

Iran and the Bomb
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Sleepwalking

As bad as the nuclear negotiations seem, things are actually turning out well—or at least as well as could have been expected in a genuinely terrible and terrifying situation.

Understanding Ourselves
The Exit Interview: A Conversation with Andrew Marshall

The creator and 42-year director of the Pentagon’s Office of Net Assessment plots his next career move.

The Middle East and Beyond
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Politics as Bloodsport

The troubling remark everyone missed in Tom Friedman’s interview with President Obama—and some ruminations on the sad state of American political discourse.

Post Script
Reading the Lausanne Tea Leaves

The wise way to react to what happened yesterday is not to jump to premature conclusions, and certainly not to jump to confusions fueled by either wishful thinking or undue pessimism. The dance with Iran has only just begun.

Middle East Mess
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Good Work If You Can Get It

What do souring U.S.-Israeli relations, the blooming war in Yemen, and the nuclear talks with Iran have to do with each other? A lot, but not in the ways you might think.

The GOP Letter to Iran
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All’s Well That Ends Well?

The GOP Senators’ letter to Iran was a bad, irresponsible move—but it may turn out for the best anyway.

Wishing Does Not Make It So
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The Arms Control Fallacy

No arms control agreement is likely to stop Iran, no matter what people inside and out of the administration would like to think.

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A Development Bidding War

Japan announced that it’s putting $110 billion into its Asian Development Bank. That’s conspicuously more than the $100 billion of capital in China’s AIIB, which has been grabbing headlines recently.

ISIS Crisis

ISIS is on the march, taking yet another strategic location. ISIS’ dream of a Sunni state in the midst of the ruins of Iraq and Syria grows closer by the day

Build Me Up Buttercup

French president Hollande poured cold water over international climate politics in the run-up to December’s historic summit.

America's Asia Policy

In Washington, there’s strong support for America’s firm new stance against China’s attempt to redraw the lines in the South China Sea.

Frack Baby Frack

David Cameron’s new Conservative government is highly motivated to tap the country’s sizable shale reserves. The timing couldn’t be better.

Intergenerational War

Moody’s downgraded Puerto Rico a week after it downgraded Chicago. Illinois, take note: protecting underfunded pension plans means the axe will fall elsewhere.

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