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The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Detainees describe an American presence in torture chambers. Spencer Ackerman reports on allegations from Yemeni detainees that there were Americans present during their interrogations and were involved in their torture by their Emirati captors.

Europe launches Iran trade mechanism. Bourse and Bazaar reports on the creation of the European “special purpose vehicle” to facilitate transactions between European firms and Iran.

America has a commitment problem. Stephen Walt identifies the reasons for the U.S. habit of overcommitting itself all over the world.

In love and tangled up in Trump’s travel ban. Jason Rezaian reports on the stories of Americans separated from their spouses because the latter come from countries targeted by the travel ban.

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Daniel Larison is a senior editor at TAC, where he also keeps a solo blog. He has been published in the New York Times Book Review, Dallas Morning News, World Politics Review, Politico Magazine, Orthodox Life, Front Porch Republic, The American Scene, and Culture11, and was a columnist for The Week. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, and resides in Lancaster, PA. Follow him on Twitter.

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