"Israel Doesn’t Need America on D-Day"
October 23, 2013
"I supported [Netanyahu and Barak] on the notion that if we come to the fork in the road [on Iran], where we have to choose between very tough alternatives—the ‘bomb’ or the ‘bombing’—I’m with the prime minister, for the bombing,” former Israeli defe
Forty years ago this month, at the end of the Yom Kippur War, Israel found itself in a precarious position, confronting increasing Arab strength and hostilities from countries from afar.
The Yom Kippur War Was 40 Years Ago. Everything You Thought You Knew About It Is Wrong.
October 15, 2013
Egyptians marked the fortieth anniversary of their army's putative triumph over Israel by bloodying one another in Tahrir Square. Syrians, too, commemorated the date with internecine violence.
Infinite Delay: The Last Days of Nelson Mandela
October 11, 2013
This piece originally appeared on newstatesman.com.
October 10, 2013
The Syrian city of Aleppo briefly regained access to the Internet yesterday, ending an information blackout that lasted well over a month.
Obama Just Made a Terrible Mistake on Egypt
October 09, 2013
In a certain sense, the Obama administration’s decision to withhold much of the $1.3 billion in annual aid given to Egypt isn’t surprising. U.S.
Disgusting Toilets and the Future of China
October 08, 2013
What one American writer learned at Beijing Design Week 2013
Putin Wonders, Why Do Gays Have All the Luck?
September 19, 2013
Because we haven't spent enough time plumbing the depths of the psyche of Vladimir Putin this month, he offers us more diagnostic fodder. Speaking at the international conference at Valdai, Russia—which, if we're honest, is just a glorified session o
Congress is About to Blow a Negotiated Settlement in Syria
September 09, 2013
A vote by Congress to reject the resolution sought by President Barack Obama to authorize military force in Syria will add to the long list of unintended consequences already produced by bad policy choices on Syria.
U.S. Strike on Syria: Good for Iran's President, Bad for the Hardliners
September 05, 2013
Following the recent chemical strikes in Damascus, some analysts began to focus on whether Iranian president Hassan Rouhani had the will or ability to change the Islamic Republic's policy toward Syria (see PolicyWatch 2123).