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Revenge of the COIN Doctrine

John Nagl’s counterinsurgency failed its way to popularity before, and is now trying to make a comeback.

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The Implosion of the Labour Party

A party can neglect its core supporters for only so long before they give up and move on to an alternative.

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An Economist Visits the West Bank

Israel’s choking of the Palestinian economy is unlike anything else in the world.

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How America Recruits for ISIS

The disjointed U.S. war against the Islamic State only gives it a perfect adversary to elevate its own standing.

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Who’s Afraid of Ebola?

Contra David Brooks, fear of the virus stems from statist failures and mortal anxiety—not societal isolation.

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John McCain’s Terrorists

Telling friends from enemies in Iraq and Syria is largely a matter of guesswork.

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The Romney “Big Tent” on Foreign Policy That Never Existed

Romney’s failing wasn’t that he was too vague on foreign policy, but that he demonstrated how little he knew by making detailed criticisms that made no sense.

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The Militias Win Iraq

The official government military is now dependent on Shia death squads to save Baghdad.

Obama Isn’t a Synthesis of McGovern and Kissinger

Hawks need Obama to be some hybrid holdover from the 1970s, because they are still arguing with their old opponents from forty years ago.

Bush Derangement Syndrome

What’s behind the right’s embarrassing reaction to a Times report on chemical weapons in Iraq?

Why Sunnis Won’t Fight ISIS

They were abandoned after the Awakening, and won’t trust the U.S again, dooming America’s new effort in Iraq.

Common Sense Calls for Ebola Flight Bans

Ideological paralysis prevents U.S. officials from shutting down flights from Ebola-afflicted countries.

Seven Worst-Case Scenarios for Iraq

The American war against ISIS could backfire with nearly every interested party.

Arming Rebels Doesn’t Work

Obama’s decision and Congress’ recent vote to provide arms and training to the “moderate” opposition now look even worse than they already did.

The Middle East Doesn’t Matter

Neither ISIS nor any of America’s fair-weather allies are worth the price of the U.S.’s deepening regional commitments.

Why Iraq’s American-Trained Army Failed

U.S. policymakers’ paternalism broke Iraqi institutions and established a military kleptocracy.

No Hobbits Here

An Aussie considers the virtues and vices of New Zealand.