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About jackgoldstone

Hazel Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University

More on who can or will fight ISIS

I weighed in this week on the need to have a truly broad coalition to fight ISIS in Politico. The problem ahead is to build that coalition – and it won’t be quick or easy. If we are going to … Continue reading

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Three cheers (almost) for Obama vs. ISIS

President Obama’s speech touched on all the right and necessary notes — as good a speech as he has given. Obama clearly separated the terrorists behind ISIS from both the Muslim faith and the broader Muslim populations that it has … Continue reading

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The world spins on….

There is good news today on several fronts.  The Arab League, meeting in Cairo, has stated its intention to stop aid to extremists and cooperate in efforts to fight the Islamic State (ISIS). Also this week, the European Central Bank … Continue reading

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Obama and the world

If President Obama wished to give substance to his belief that the U.S. is no longer the world’s sole superpower, or a superpower of any kind, he has certainly done so this week.  By admitting that has no strategy for … Continue reading

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What is ISIS?

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has emerged as the most terrifying and brutal of extreme jihadist groups (and that is against tough competition, such as Boko Haram in Nigeria and Al-Shabaab in Somalia). Why have such extreme … Continue reading

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

To get away from the depressing news of the day, from Ukraine to Gaza, I went to see a fantasy movie with my family:  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Except it did not turn out to be a … Continue reading

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Israel and Palestine–Locked in Tragedy

It is impossible to truly say when the latest round of violence between Israel and Palestine began.  Was it when Mahmoud Abbas engineered a joint agreement with Hamas to create a unified Palestinian government, and Israel refused to deal with … Continue reading

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