April 30, 2009

The Taliban and Pashtun Nationalism

Pakistan is looking more dangerous and precarious by the week. The only Muslim country in the world with an arsenal of nuclear weapons is now threatened by a ferocious and rapidly expanding Taliban insurgency. The most retrograde Islamist army on earth has conquered territory just a few hours

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April 28, 2009

More Dispatches Coming

I spent the last ten days writing a long essay about Beirut and Baghdad for City Journal and consequently didn

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April 26, 2009

Eurasia’s Shatter Zones

Robert Kaplan has a fascinating piece in the current issue of Foreign Affairs about geography and its impact on culture, politics, and history. Most of us instinctively understand geography's connection to these three phenomena, at least on a basic level. Citizens who live in a temperate climate near the sea, in port cities open to the world, tend to be broadly liberal. Those who live in a harsh climate, deep within a continent, and cut off from outsiders, tend to be provincial and reactionary.

This simple observation won't be news to many people, but Kaplan takes it many steps further and notes that some parts of the world

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April 25, 2009

Moment of Truth in Iraq

Last week I plugged Michael Yon's excellent book Moment of Truth in Iraq.

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If you haven

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April 24, 2009

The UN

The biggest loser at the United Nations Durban Review Conference on

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The UN

The biggest loser at the United Nations Durban Review Conference on

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The UN

The biggest loser at the United Nations Durban Review Conference on

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The UN

The biggest loser at the United Nations Durban Review Conference on

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April 22, 2009

Ahmadinejad Stinks Up Geneva

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivered a blistering tirade against Israel on Monday at the supposedly

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