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Bosnia’s Struggle with Islamic Extremism

  Of the parties to the Yugoslav Civil War, Bosnia was the hardest hit. Sarajevo, the capital, was once the cosmopolitan epicenter of the Balkans. Some called it the Jerusalem of Europe, as it sits that the crossroads of Islam, Catholicism, and the Eastern Orthodox Church. In the years after the Dayton Peace Accords (the agreement bringing […]

Bacevich Speaks to My Strategic Soul

I first heard of Ret. Col. Andrew J. Bacevich in graduate school. His book, The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism, had been required summer reading. Looking back, I hated it before I even started reading–how dare someone talk about the end of American exceptionalism. Nonetheless, a few days later, after I finished, […]

Americans Ready to Confront ISIS, Opens Door for Iran Negotiations

The American public is becoming more willing to entertain a confrontation with ISIS, a recent poll suggests. But it could, also, provide Obama with breathing room in an effort to finalize an agreement with Iran. The poll’s author, Shibley Telhami, the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland, presented polling […]

Rand Paul Continues His Embrace of Neo-Conservative Policies

In August, I wrote a column raising concerns about Rand Paul–a self-styled, pro-markets, anti-intervention libertarian who for many conservatives represents the only hope for a departure from the neoconservative hijacking of his party. My concern was that Paul appeared to be flirting with his party’s neoconservative side by flip flopping on Iran. He wrote me […]

Is the True Nature of the Battle in Syria Being Discussed?

Over the past week we’ve heard much about the battle raging in Syria, the use of chemical weapons there, and whether or not the US should get involved—although I must say much of that debate is based on two not so sound assumptions: the US is joining on the side of the rebels and whatever […]

Hesitant Support for Limited Strikes on Syria

Last week’s presumed chemical weapons attack on the rebel stronghold in the eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta is forcing Obama’s hand. All indicators point to Assad and his forces as the culprits, but he insists otherwise. We’ll likely never know what calculus led to Assad using chemical weapons. Regardless of what it was, his actions […]

Limited Strikes: Another Bad Idea on Syria

“Unified limited action to support insurgents is the best hope of showing Assad that he can’t succeed,”Senator Carl Levin (D-MI), chairperson of the Senate Armed Services committee, said yesterday during an address at the Carnegie Endowment for Peace. Levin went further to say that he didn’t believe that US planes over Syrian airspace would be […]

Damage Has Already Been Done

On Friday, Iranians went to the polls and elected Hassan Rouhani as president, the only relatively moderate candidate left in the election. By all reports, the turnout was large. While not as high as in 2009, it certainly dwarfed our own Presidential election this past November. Analysts, those with a deeper knowledge of Iran—not the […]

Iran Stands to Lose in Syria

Contrary to a recent Washington Post piece, Iran doesn’t stand to gain from continued fighting in Syria. While Iran wants the Assad government to remain – so that Iran can continue to use Syria as a conduit for influence in Lebanon – Iran would have to spend unreasonable amounts of blood and treasure to defeat […]

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