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Why Are We in Niger?

Shoshana Bryen
At the end of White House Chief of Staff John Kelly's moving briefing about the four American Special Forces soldiers killed in Niger earlier...

Anti-Israel Voting

Eric Rozenman
The Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) late in 2018 is one shot across the...

Palestinian Reconciliation: To What End?

Shoshana Bryen
After weeks of Egyptian-sponsored pre-talks, and a very short "cabinet meeting" in Gaza, "formal reconciliation talks" are now being held between Hamas and the...

How Naked Is the Iranian Emperor?

Shoshana Bryen
The clock appears to be ticking on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA); more than some may think, less than others may hope....

Giving an Extended Break to Humanities Departments

Eric Rozenman
“Religion, morality and knowledge being necessary for good government, and the happiness of mankind, the means of supporting schools and education shall forever be...

Who’s Afraid of RT?

Shoshana Bryen and Stephen Bryen
The company that manages the Russian news outlet R.T. (Russia Today) announced last week that it had received a letter from the U.S. Department of Justice...

Iran: See a Pattern?

Shoshana Bryen
If you have not been paying attention, the last thing you heard was that Syria had used sarin gas attack on civilians in 2013. President Obama's...

Fear or Anticipation: Russia’s Mammoth Zapad 2017 Exercise

Bruce Jones
Moscow’s strategic level “Zapad-2017” exercise, being held in the Baltic region on September 14-20, has been occupying the attention of western governments and Russia...

Egypt, America’s Ally in the Larger War

Shoshana Bryen
In his televised address on the future of American operations in Afghanistan, President Donald Trump took a sharp turn from his predecessors. I share...

The U.S. War in Afghanistan: First a Strategic Objective, Then the Troops

Eric Rozenman
On August 21, after months of review by his national security advisors, President Donald Trump announced his strategic objectives for U.S. forces fighting in...

Where is Israel?

Shoshana Bryen
As the president sends his envoys back to Israel and the Palestinian territories, the usual flood of voices has offered advice – do this,...

Lebanon is an Outpost of Iran

Shoshana Bryen
The United States persists in treating Lebanon as if it were a country.  Congress provides U.S. military assistance to the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF)...

Are U.S. Missile Interceptors Any Good?

Stephen Bryen
There is now evidence from credible analysts that the North Korean ICBM test shot had a problem: the warhead shredded on re-entry.  That is good...

It’s about Sovereignty

Shoshana Bryen
The disgusting terror murders of two Israeli policemen (one shot in the back) on the Temple Mount, coupled with the indescribable terror murders of...

Al-Jazeera Television: A Source of Influence If Not Always News

Eric Rozenman
The diplomatic and economic impasse between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain has squeezed the United States. All five...

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