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Xenophobia on the Continent

Anti-Semitism is on the march in Europe. But the European’s new turn toward isolationism goes even further than that.

Levantine Labyrinths

Sectarian infighting and foreign intervention breed intrigue on the Lebanese political scene. Last summer’s war had a devastating effect—but factional power politics and Hizballah’s rising popularity threaten to make matters worse.

The No-Win Zone

War in Lebanon highlights the lack of options, and victors, in the Middle East.

How Well Should You Be Sleeping?

Five years after 9/11 the United States is not winning the inaptly named "war" on terrorism.

The Middle East Waiting Game

Many in the Islamic world experience their own internal class of civilizations.

Her Majesty's Secret Service

7/7 tested how the British cope with Islamist terrorism. Were they found wanting?


Dangers to Israel

Serious threats still face Jerusalem, even as its overall strategic situation improves.

Palestine and the Peloponnesus

The chronic violence in Gaza has a parallel in the ancient struggle between Sparta and Athens.

Deterring Hamas

Operation Pillar of Cloud highlighted the cyclical fragility of a peace based on mutual threat.


The Dangerous Ahmadinejad Visit to Lebanon

Is Iran more than a paper tiger?

How to Debate Policy Without Claiming Omniscience

Simple policy analysis will get us nowhere. Are there other images we can't see in the Middle East?

Middle East Ructions

Forget all the fear mongering over Iran. The real threat is an Israeli attack on Lebanon.

Books & Reviews

Flawed but Still Important

Mearsheimer and Walt should have included more field work in their research. Yet their book still deserves to be read and discussed.

A Nation under Guilt

Two recent histories of Nazi Germany shore up the dyke against the rising flood of "Germany as victim" revisionism.

The Real Synthesis

A "new history" of the Third Reich fails to understand the true nature of the regime.

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April 19, 2014