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The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

The Iraqi army that never was. Kelley Vlahos details how the U.S.-trained army “was corrupt, incompetent, and unmotivated from the beginning.”

It’s not a revolution. Chris Yeung explains why the protest movement in Hong Kong doesn’t qualify as a revolution and why the protesters reject the term.

The U.S. military should fight wars, not Ebola. Andrew Bacevich questions the regular use of soldiers for humanitarian missions.

Goodbye to Poland’s hawks. Annabelle Chapman explains the recent changes in Poland’s government, including the departure of the hawkish foreign minister Radek Sikorski.

Sweden’s changing foreign policy. Reuters reports on the shifts in Sweden’s foreign policy following the recent change in government.

How Assad is exploiting the war on ISIS. The New York Timesreports on how Syrian regime forces are using U.S. attacks on ISIS to launch more attacks against other anti-regime groups.

15 by-elections that shook Britain. In connection with UKIP’s impending victory in the Clacton by-election, Stephen Bush of The Daily Telegraphreviews previous by-elections that had an outsized effect on the politics of the U.K.

Six reasons why the Clacton by-election matters. Matthew Holehouse considers the implications of a UKIP win.

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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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