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The ‘Trump Dossier,’ or How Russia Helped America Break Itself

Getting Trump elected was not Putin’s goal. The Kremlin just wanted to sow discord and delegitimize the United States’ democratic institutions. Mission accomplished?

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Trump’s Middle East Trip Was a Big, Surprising Success—and the Iranian Regime is Nervous

How the president’s photo-op diplomacy plays in Riyadh, Tehran, Beirut, Jerusalem, and back home in Trumpland

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Bibi Should Tell Trump to Go Take a Selfie

When the American president visits the Western Wall next week as part of his Abrahamic monotheism heritage tour, he’ll be using the Jewish state as a prop—in a fantasy of Middle East peace, starring himself.

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Free Iran’s Mandela, Ayatollah Boroujerdi

The prominent cleric spent 11 years in prison for preaching religious tolerance, equality, and non-violence inside the repressive theocracy

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Mahmoud Abbas Is History’s Most Stubborn Real Estate Holdout

And Donald Trump knows ‘The Art of the Deal.’ Who will blink first?

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Why Everything You Think You Know About Foreign Policy Is Wrong

How Gladwellian Internet ‘hot takes’ fueled the new echo-chamber press that enabled Obama’s foreign policy—and still rules Washington

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Obama’s Ghosts

An accounting of the Democrats’ legacy in the Middle East, and where they can go from here

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Steve Bannon’s Mentor, 91-year-old French Author Jean Raspail

A visit with the former Boy Scout and writer of ‘The Camp of the Saints’—and other fantasies of White domination of Western Civilization, which inspire Donald Trump’s adviser

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Are the Neocons Still Republicans?

The foreign policy establishment that led us into Iraq finds itself in its own Never Trump desert

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Will Obama’s Foreign Policy Wizards Save Trump?

The new president’s approach to Iran, Syria, and Israel looks a lot like the old president’s—because the same people are implementing it

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Syria and the Failure of the Multicultural American Left

Six Years of Syrian Civil War: Why Assad is the Franco of the Middle East, and why the United States has done so little to help his victims—80 years after liberal-minded Americans took up arms in the Spanish Civil War

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An Open Letter to Robert Kraft

From a lifelong New England Patriots fan who wonders about your friendship with President Donald Trump

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Shall We Wake the Prime Minister, Habibi?

American politicians love to talk about ‘3 a.m. phone calls,’ but Israeli leaders actually receive them

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Pro-Israel Hoaxer Hits DC

Did an anti-Zionist filmmaker from Oxford masquerade as his political opposite to get internships at lobbying outfits?

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What Obama Owes Putin—and Why Donald Trump Is Left Holding the Bag

Broader aims on Middle East realignment led the outgoing president’s efforts at two-track diplomacy. One track was misdirection. The other handed the region to Russia and Iran.

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No One Is Afraid of AIPAC

The flagship pro-Israel lobbying organization failed to stop Obama’s Iran Deal. It may lose even more influence under Trump.

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Obama’s Syria Policy Striptease

America’s Moral Collapse in Syria: Why hasn’t the administration done anything about Syria, and won’t? Because the Iran Deal.

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Saint Nick’s Math Problem

New York Times foreign affairs columnist Nicholas D. Kristof doesn’t understand how foreign aid works

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The Never-Ending Debate Over the Iran Deal (Back-to-School Edition)

Latest developments in the deployment of Barack Obama’s signature foreign policy achievement: Are we safer?

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Obama’s Syria Policy Isn’t a ‘Mistake.’ It’s Deliberate.

How the Iran deal explains the administration’s inaction in Syria

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Trump’s Jews

The Republican presidential candidate has Jewish family members and friends. Here’s who they are.

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The End of AIPAC’s Israel Monopoly

What happened to the most powerful lobby in recent U.S. foreign-policy history?

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Why Bibi’s Visits to Moscow Mean Bad News for Israel

The geopolitics that links Vladimir Putin, Barack Obama, Bashar al-Assad, Hezbollah, and the Jewish State

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How Is the Paris Peace Conference Different From All Other Peace Conferences?

The Obama Administration shifts away from the bilateral model that has characterized American brokerage of the process since the 1990s

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The New American Isolationism Will Outlive Barack Obama

With Trump, Clinton, Sanders, or Cruz, the United States is likely to consolidate a risky retreat from the global stage

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A Masterful Account of Humiliation and Despair

Robert F. Worth’s ‘A Rage for Order’ brings the broad disappointments of the Arab Spring to the human level

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Loathe Thy Brother

Are Donald Trump and Barack Obama two examples of the same American affliction?

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Ending the Mindset Is Hard

President Barack Obama has done more to pivot the United States away from the hawkish foreign policy entrenched in Washington than even his supporters give him credit for

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TOEFL, a Desperately Dull and Profoundly Unfair Exam, Abuses the English Language

I tried to prep a pair of Afghan teens for American boarding school, but instead of teaching them the language they need, I spent all my time explaining cultural references and unfamiliar contexts

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