- Is it too late for Syria?
- Blogging is back!
- Blogging will return
- Blowing Bubbles
- When did the US stop thinking big? Look at EDUCATION!
- War — what is it good for?
- Why we mess up
- Is Terror back?
- Tragedy in Boston
- In Surprise, Recovery in China Loses Steam
- Confused about North Korea? — Think Syria
- Told you so
- From Russia, with thought
- Relentless optimism?
- A Haircut in Cyprus
Category Archives: The Middle East Revolts
No, I’m not saying that Korea will descend into Civil War like Syria. However, there ARE the ingredients for an error that will produce open conflict. What Korea and Syria both have in common is unexpected rulers with shaky legitimacy. … Continue reading
My thanks to all of you who pointed out that the PRIME DIRECTIVE comes from Star TREK, not Star WARS. My memories of Captain Kirk go back decades, so I apologize for the slip. Regardless of the source, I find … Continue reading
The riots and resumption of martial law in three cities in Egypt had led many to again call the Egyptian revolution a failure. Meanwhile, as Syria’s Assad declines to depart and marshalls his forces for further attacks in Homs, that … Continue reading
A couple of weeks ago, when writing an essay on the trajectories of the Arab revolts for a book chapter to appear in 2013, I wrote the following: “ [In Egypt] The level of broader education and civil society organization is … Continue reading
Today on Thanksgiving we have some things to be thankful for. The cease-fire in Gaza is holding (so far). This is important not only to stop the killing, but also because it represents a breakthrough in the relationship between President … Continue reading
It was inevitable that a new conflict would emerge in Palestine. The Arab Spring emboldened those who thought Egypt might be more supportive of pressure on Israel. The heroism of Syria encouraged those seeking to challenge a powerful foe. And … Continue reading
Has Obama’s Middle East policy failed? The death of four Americans in Libya, the increasing power of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, chaos in Syria, and Iran’s continued commitment to nuclear enrichment has led some to argue that Obama has … Continue reading
The events of the last week — killings in Benghazi, attack on US and allied installations throughout the world, a marked upswing in killing of US troops and trainers by Afghan police and army trainees — have been feeding the … Continue reading
Today is the public trading debut of FACEBOOK, and the money networks are all a-twitter (sorry…). Mark Zuckerberg deserves credit for changing people’s lives. Clearly, from the amount of time my daughter spends on Facebook, it is a big attraction … Continue reading