Middle East & North Africa
The Myth of Trump’s Alternative Worldview

The Myth of Trump’s Alternative Worldview

This commentary is a joint publication of Foreign Policy In Focus and TheNation.com.  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has staked out a foreign policy position quite distinct from his opponent, Hillary Clinton. It is not, however, "isolationist" (contra...

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The Right Way to Defeat Terrorism

The Right Way to Defeat Terrorism

The recent attacks on Turkey, Bangladesh, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia are just the most recent examples of the horrific terrorist acts taking place around the world. The Islamic State’s recent bombing in Baghdad killed 250 people and wounded hundreds. The uptick of ISIS...

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Missing from the Debate: U.S. Aid to Israel

Missing from the Debate: U.S. Aid to Israel

Some Yiddish words will live forever, and chutzpah is one of them. What better word could describe Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s demand for more U.S. aid after he tried to obstruct President Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran with a personal appeal to...

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Russia Will Regret Its Support for the Assad Regime

Russia Will Regret Its Support for the Assad Regime

The average Westerner can be forgiven for wondering what Russia sees in the Assad regime. We wonder why, along with China, it vetoes UN Security Council resolutions holding the Syrian government accountable for its crimes. We wonder why it bombs all the rebel groups,...

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Patience Not a Virtue with the Islamic State

Patience Not a Virtue with the Islamic State

In the last six months, two different incidents of the smuggling of nuclear material have been intercepted in Georgia. In the most recent, a group of three Georgians and three Armenians attempted to sell a small amount of uranium, estimated at $27 a pound for the...

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