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The End of ‘Islamic Democracy’

Top Stories of the Year: #4 With the beginning of the Arab Spring about three years ago, we entered the post-9/11 era—an era in which the biggest story is no longer the conflict between radical Islam and the West but instead is the Arab world’s conflict with itself. This is the year in which the […]

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The Nobel Prize for Posturing

So you’ve probably seen the news already. Last week, the Nobel Committee awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to the UN’s Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which has only just begun work in Syria in an attempt to enforce a Russian-brokered agreement to destroy the Assad regime’s chemical weapons. The Nobel Peace Prize stopped […]

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The Muslim Civil War Reaches Syria

The past few months have seen an interesting reversal. For a while, it looked like the pessimists might be right and that the big winners of the Arab Spring were the Islamists instead of the secular liberals. But in the past month, the secularists have rallied, most spectacularly in Egypt. As I observed last month, […]

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The Lessons of Afghanistan

Here’s another very important bit of foreign policy news. I have criticized President Obama for his Hamlet act over Syria and for letting local allies support the rebels and steer money and weapons to Islamists. I thought that we hadn’t learned the big lesson of Afghanistan, where we were so eager to break the power […]

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Observations of a Bystander

Writing about foreign policy these days is an exercise in frustration, because the United States is in the unusual and unnecessary position of being a bystander to world events. The reason is that President Obama is deeply committed to a policy of inaction, or more accurately, action so halting and reluctant as to be nearly […]

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The Man Who Isn’t There

One of President Obama’s aides once described his foreign policy as “leading from behind,” and his critics (such as myself) have derided this instead as “following from in front.” But a recent round of congressional testimony by the president’s cabinet officers reveals that the truth is even worse. Under Obama, the Leader of the Free […]

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Following from in Front

Top Stories of 2012: #4 Story #4 is about America’s current foreign policy, but in this article, my goal is not to recap my previous coverage from this year but to complete it by providing an overview of the big picture. The big picture of our foreign policy is that America is following from in […]

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The Post-9/11 Era

This article was originally published in TIA Daily. Welcome to the post-9/11 era. Ten years later, the terrorist attacks of September 11 are no longer the defining events of American politics and foreign policy. I do not mean by this what most of the political establishment means by it. They think they have gotten beyond […]

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