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The Middle East & Beyond
The Real Drug War
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A Conversation with Mindy Miralia

The Hero in Heroin: A Mother and Son’s Journey on Both Sides of the Veilby Mindy MiraliaBalboa Press, 286 pp., $35.95 TAI: With me now is Mindy Miralia, author of a new book called The Hero in Heroin: A Mother and Son’s Journey on Both Sides of the Veil. Thanks for talking with us at […]

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.

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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

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
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.

Deal or No Deal
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Diplomatic Chicken

So we have a framework deal with Iran. Now we can expect an avalanche of hype about the supposed significance of this deal. No doubt the President’s supporters will portray him as a hero and a tactical genius. This is, of course, absurd.

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.

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Pricing Emissions

China’s seven pilot carbon markets are defying green hopes and struggling to get off the ground.

Game of Thrones

The naval drills will be a strong (and provocative) sign to Beijing, which must be watching the coalitions of opponents warily.

Smart Diplomacy

President Obama hosted Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff at the White House yesterday, but the way for the U.S. to improve relations with Brazil isn’t to make empty comments at a substance-free summits.

Commanding Heights

As China tries to steer its economy to a new system based on domestic demand, the challenges ahead will add to the pressure to consolidate power and control.


Gazprom supplies to Ukraine were shut off today as the two sides failed to reach a new natural gas agreement.

Internet Age

In the wake of protests against Uber by French cabbies, another sign of France’s turbulent adjustment to the sharing economy.

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