- CommentaryBy Gerald HymanAug 12, 2015
No matter how the final negotiations come out around August 20, a number of very central conceptions and policies were critically wounded during the dramatic, months-long bailout confrontation between the Greek government and its major creditors (the troika of the European Commission, the International Monetary Fund, and the European Central Bank).
- CommentaryAug 11, 2015
The series of attacks across Turkey yesterday, including at the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul, highlights the growing threat of domestic terrorism since it launched airstrikes against Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) targets in northern Iraq on July 24.
- CommentaryAug 6, 2015
Every real Monty Python fan is familiar with the Ministry of Silly Walks. In fact, you can even buy the watch. The Department of Defense has evidently decided to create a somewhat similar Under Secretary for Silly Reports, and the lead example seems to be the quarterly report on the war in Afghanistan by the Lead Inspector General for Overseas Contingency Operations.
- CommentaryBy Carl MeachamAug 4, 2015
This weekend, Puerto Rican governor Alejandro García Padilla announced that the U.S. commonwealth would no longer be able to service its debt, despite numerous rounds of austerity measures.
- CommentaryAug 4, 2015
Much of the examination of the Iran nuclear agreement has focused on the funds that would be released once Iran complied with the terms of the agreement. Some estimates of such funding have gone as high as $150 billion—although U.S. experts put the total at $100 billion and note that some $50 billion of this money has already been obligated.
- CommentaryAug 2, 2015
The exact circumstances surrounding the reports of Mullah Omar’s death remain unclear, and some facts remain uncertain. It does seem likely, however, that the central power structure of the Taliban covered up his death in 2013 in an effort to preserve its influence, motivate Taliban fighters, and take advantage of the loyalty oath that those who join the Taliban took to Omar.
- CommentaryJul 31, 2015
The problem with the way the international community thinks about and responds to fragile states is not that we do not understand “fragility,” its causes, and its cures, but that we think of them as “states,” as coherent units of analysis.
- CommentaryJul 28, 2015
Turkey's decision last week to confront the ISIS menace came directly after an attack by a Turkish suicide bomber linked to the radical organization at Suruc near the Syrian border on July 20 which claimed 32 victims and the killing of a Turkish soldier at a nearby checkpoint three days later.
- CommentaryJul 28, 2015
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- The Nuclear Agreement with Iran and the Growing U.S. Strategic Partnership with the Arab Gulf StatesCommentaryJul 27, 2015
The proposed nuclear agreement with Iran has created deep concerns on the part of America’s Arab allies over the possibility that it could lead the United States to turn away from its present strategic partnerships and somehow shift to Iran. It has also reinforced the tendency to create conspiracy theories about U.S. willingness to support its Arab allies, U.S.