Syria’s Marshallah Plan

The Assad regime has survived the Syrian civil war. ISIS is defeated. Arab Spring-era resistance groups like the Free Syrian Army are crumbling. The Trump administration's military withdrawal has apathetically (and recklessly) abandoned its…
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The Year of the Black Swan

In his book,The Black Swan, Nassim Taleb describes a black swan as a highly improbable event which has major ramifications. While Taleb warns that the possibility of black swans should be taken into account, they are usually judged
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Spot Fixing the Pakistani Election

Twenty six years ago, Imran Khan captained Pakistan to its first ever World Cup championship after narrowly beating England 249/6 to 227/10, having scored a decisive 72 runs and taking the last wicket of the game. Since then, Khan …
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We are Mir

Branded a CIA agent by the Taliban, and a Taliban sympathizer by his critics, Hamid Mir is the face of political journalism in Pakistan. Listeners across the country tune into his talk show CapitalTalk on Geo News, one of Pakistan’s two…
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The Two-State Solution: An Obituary

Writer's note: A glossary for certain key terms can be found at the end of the article. President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will have a seismic impact on Middle Eastern geopolitics and Washington’s…
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Dying to Kill

“...We only have to be lucky once. You will have to be lucky always.” – The Irish Republican Army, Irish republican paramilitary group. In the 20th Century, suicide terrorism was an outlying, exotic tactic used sparsely by a handful of…
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It’s Always Sunni in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia's mass executions in January were, paradoxically, not a message to Iran as much as a warning to a restive new generation in the Kingdom. Sheikh Nimr Al Nimr’s significance lies not in his theological credentials. He was not a…
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