Iran Defends Status Quo in Iraq and Lebanon

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  Bottom Line Up Front Iran is working with key allies in Iraq and Lebanon to forestall political change in the face of significant protests in both countries. Protesters in Lebanon and Iraq...

Lebanon's Arab Spring

by Emile Nakhleh

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John le Carre's Latest Spy Thriller

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Social Media Platforms and Political Ads

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  Bottom Line Up Front Last week, Twitter announced it would no longer accept political ads. Meanwhile, Facebook officials have lamented that it would be a bad thing for democracy if social...

What Alexander Hamilton Taught Us About Impeachment

by Walter Pincus

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The Islamic State Names Its New Caliph

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  Bottom Line Up Front Following the recent death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the so-called Islamic State announced its new leader, Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Qurayshi. The selection of al-Qurayshi...

No Longer Worried About ISIS? Think Again.

by John McLaughlin

The killings of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his possible deputy by U.S. special operations forces are major losses for the extremists, ones that are likely to usher in a period of chaos...

A JCPOA on Life Support

by Jason Brodsky

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U.S. Leadership is Needed to Stop Terrorism

by Joseph DeTrani

The nation and the world welcomed President Donald Trump’s Oct. 27 announcement that ISIS leader Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed by the U.S. military at his hideout in Northwest Syria. Our gratitude...

Allegations of Intimidation and Torture Stalk Sisi’s Egypt

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  Bottom Line Up Front Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi continues his crackdown on any dissent, real or imagined. Since anti-corruption demonstrations began in late September, the...