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Adam Garfinkle
The Middle East & Beyond
The Arab-Israeli Roller Coaster
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The Next Arab-Israeli Peace Process

Nothing is inevitable and nothing is impossible when it comes to the Arab-Israeli situation, but certain things are very, very unlikely.

The Neverending Conflict
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Are the Palestinians Thinking the Unthinkable?

In secret negotiations, Abbas told the Israeli opposition leader he would be willing to give up the “right of return.”

Here We Go Again
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What Orlando Doesn’t Mean

Every time a terrorist atrocity occurs in the U.S. or Europe, the same distorted and highly predictable nonsense pours forth from our media.

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.

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What a Mess

We are shocked—shocked!—that a system of ill-thought out mandates has produced such brazen chicanery.

China's New Chapter

Beijing’s efforts to keep manufacturing competitive and support consumption have been working at cross purposes to each other.

narrative control

The wrong way to answer a demagogue.

Israel's African Allies

Bibi is playing chess and Abbas is playing checkers: bold moves are securing new partners for Israel in Africa, even as the Palestinians try to counter them.

The Shale Rebound

Analysts expect America’s large “fracklog” of drilled but not completed shale wells could all but evaporate in coming months.

Why We Can't Have Nice Things

There are, in fact, some effective ways to limit the power of public transportation unions.

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