International Politics–Weekly Round Up

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Several important political developments are happening around the world.

Malignant Neglect—Foreign Policy In The Middle East

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Perpetuating the status quo in the Middle East serves no one’s interests, except the groups that thrive on instability. The cost of not directly dealing with this situation is surpassing the cost of directly doing so.

Republican Fear and Loathing of Iran has International Consequences

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The US is just one actor in an important global non-proliferation regime that works towards preventing the spread of nuclear weapons.

Ethical Opposition to the Israeli Regime

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An Israeli progressive reflects on the future challenges facing her cause.

Thoughts on Jewish Identity in a Post-Charlie Hebdo World

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Matthew Rozsa explores the divided politics of the American Jewish community.

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Jeremy Brunger takes us to a Middle Eastern market and beyond in this lush poem of male desire.

How Will the Syrian War be resolved?

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The Syrian crisis calls for broad multilateral negotiations involving the entire Middle East and not just focussed on one troubled country.

US Must Not Miss Another Chance to Mend Fences With Iran

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Washington and Tehran’s interests have overlapped ever since 9/11. Why are they still struggling to patch things up?

Why ‘Fools Rush In’ is Obama’s Watchword in Iraq and Syria

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Barack Obama is reluctant to jump in with both feet with a major military intervention in Iraq and Syria. — By Adam Quinn, University of Birmingham US president Barack Obama has yet to work out exactly what America’s strategy is in confronting Islamic State (IS), and has been foolish enough to say so in public. […]

Is Engaging Iraq a Humanitarian Imperative or Military Folly?

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World involvement in Iraq is critical to saving lives and preventing a destabilized region from erupting into full chaos with disastrous worldwide implications

Peace Monger

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This Tree Hugging Hippie Pacifist Needs To Go Heart To Heart With Those Who Glorify War

The Final Captured American Soldier Has Been Released

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U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the final remaining captured American soldier, has been released (after five years in captivity) in exchange for five Guantanamo detainees.

Writing in the First World

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In response to the execution of Iranian poet and activist Hashem Shaabani, Poetry Editor Charlie Bondhus reflects on privilege, writing, and poetry’s function as a tool of social change.

War. What Is It Good For? Still Absolutely Nothing.

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Marines who fought at the battle for Fallujah are now wondering if they fought in vain. Which prompts Michael Kasdan to seek an answer to the question of what war is really good for.

What the Veterans of the Iraq War Deserve

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Today is Veterans Day, on this day let us not forget the Iraq War.

A Presidential Address, a Father’s Prayer

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Kyle Wiley hopes for one thing for his family: Freedom from fear.