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Tis the Season of Dictators

Starting with the demise of Saddam Hussein, a number of Middle Eastern dictators from Hosni Mubarak to Muammar Qaddafi have fallen from power. Yet one remains: Admiral General Aladeen. Of course, Admiral General Aladeen is comedian Sacha Baron Cohen’s amalgamation … Continue reading

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Strife in the Sinai: Is Egypt’s and Israel’s Peace at an End?

“The Egyptians do not accept what has happened, and it means that Israel should take care. If they continue their behavior toward the Palestinians and the peace process, it means that the situation will escalate more.” — Mohamed Bassiouni, a … Continue reading

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Game Theory for Middle Eastern Dictators

Towards a Dominant Strategy In “Saudis Shrug Off Day of Rage: Three Strategies to Suppress a Revolt Before It Starts“, I argued that there are two archetypal models for a dictator to deal with popular revolts in the Middle East: crush them or … Continue reading

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Syria: A Clearer Case for Intervention

With American forces tied down providing air cover for rebels in al Qaeda-infested Benghazi, the United States has committed forces that it could have used to enforce a no-fly zone over its real enemy in Damascus. So far, Syrian government forces … 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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