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Beyond Moderates and Militants
Robert Malley and Peter Harling
With protests raging across the Middle East, how should Washington respond? In an essay from the September/October issue, Robert Malley and Peter Harling argue that the Obama administration must recognize that there is not a clean divide between a moderate pro-American camp and an extremist militant axis.
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READING LIST
What to Read on Egyptian Politics
Mona El-Ghobashy
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SNAPSHOT
Morning in Tunisia
Michele Penner Angrist
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POSTSCRIPT
Is El Baradei Egypt's Hero?
Steven A. Cook
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RESPONSE
Malcolm Gladwell and Clay Shirky
Do the tools of social media make it possible for protesters to challenge their governments? Malcolm Gladwell argues that there is no evidence that they do; Clay Shirky disagrees.
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ESSAY
Gordon Adams and Matthew Leatherman
Pentagon budgets have soared over the last decade, partly because of a failure to prioritize. In the coming age of austerity, major cuts are imperative -- and if done right, they will not harm U.S. interests.
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ESSAY
Clay Shirky
Discussion of the political impact of social media has focused on the power of mass protests to topple governments. In fact, social media's real potential lies in supporting civil society and the public sphere -- which will produce change over years and decades, not weeks or months.
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LETTER FROM
Michael Young
In bringing down its government last week, did Lebanon just witness a coup d’etat or did it narrowly dodge civil war? Either way, Damascus, Tehran, and Washington are all watching.
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SNAPSHOT
Artemy Kalinovsky
Barack Obama has been compared to many past U.S. presidents. But an intriguing parallel has been overlooked -- that between Obama and Mikhail Gorbachev.
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LETTER FROM
Rebecca Hamilton
Despite the successful referendum in southern Sudan, the unresolved status of a town straddling the border between North and South could spark civil war once again.
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CAPSULE REVIEW
Bob Woodward
Walter Russell Mead
Another president, another war, another fly-on-the-wall account by Woodward.
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January/February 2011, Volume 1, Number 90
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Small Arms, Big Problems
C. J. Chivers
As U.S. marines fought in Marja last year, they captured the weapons used by Taliban fighters. These arms -- from British Lee-Enfields to Soviet Kalashnikovs to Czech vz. 58s -- tell the story of how many modern wars are fought.
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Sudan's Secession Crisis
Andrew S. Natsios and Michael Abramowitz
A Third Way to Palestine
Robert M. Danin
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“The Obama Administration couldn't even get Israel to extend a West Bank settlement building freeze. Sadly, the great power leadership Sachar is looking for will have to be found elsewhere.”
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Enforcing the Peace
Howard M. Sachar
The Israelis and the Palestinians will never find peace if they are left to negotiate on their own. As has been the case throughout history, great-power leadership is the missing ingredient. Washington must lead the way in enforcing a final-status settlement.
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