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Channeling Luxor: Stable Egyptian Transition Not So Simple

On November 17, 1997, jihadists massacred a group of Swiss, British, and Japanese tourists enjoying the majestic sights of ancient Egyptian marvels at Luxor. The terrorists savagely butchered 58 tourists and 4 Egyptians with gunfire and knives. They mutilated many … Continue reading

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Weimar Arabism Slouching Towards Islamo-Fascism

Today the Egyptian people are dancing in the streets. Tomorrow they may be drowning in blood. Hoping for a smooth transition is just that — hope. And hope is not a method. Every Middle Eastern country that has tried to … Continue reading

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Middle Eastern Instability and the Youth Bulge

The Economist published an interesting map this week that hints at one of the potential sources of Middle Eastern instability — the demographic imbalances in most Middle Eastern countries. As is evident on the map, over half the population in … Continue reading

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Of Smart Grids and Cyber Warfare

Richard Clarke posted an interesting article today on the potential of cyber warfare to be the next major domain of war, much as sea power was in the 19th century, and air power, in the 20th. The evolution of this … Continue reading

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Felling Pharaohs: Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid (Part V)

Parts I through IV of this series show that the Egyptian crisis will have both regional and global consequences for the future of the Arab world and the global energy crisis. Given these stakes, what is America to do? America’s Vital … Continue reading

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Felling Pharaohs: Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid (Part IV)

While the last three parts of this series focused on issues ranging from the immediate impact on Egypt to the far reaching potential for unrest to spread to key American energy suppliers, it has ignored the crisis’ implications for Israel. … Continue reading

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Felling Pharaohs: Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid (Part II)

Shortly after the ignominious French 1954 defeat at Dien Bien Phu in Vietnam, President Eisenhower introduced the concept of Domino Theory to describe the significance of Vietnam falling under Communist influence. He warned that one Communist victory could initiate a … Continue reading

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Felling Pharaohs: Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid (Part I)

Arab Discontent Abounds… Since unrest began in Tunisia in early 2011, news outlets have reported unrest or threats of unrest in eight Arab nations including Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen, comprising a combined population of over … Continue reading

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Predictions 2011: How Are They Currently Trending?

On January 1, I made some predictions about different events in 2011. I thought it would be interesting to track how some of these predictions are currently trending to measure both my and my readers’ accuracy. I have only commented … Continue reading

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Rebuke of Republican Rejection of Renewables Not Far Off the Mark

Today, the New York Times published a Room for Debate series of columns on “Can the U.S. Compete With China on Green Tech?”. I wanted to focus in particular on David Roberts’ column, “Understanding the Objective“, which decries the Republican … Continue reading

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