The Death of Aleppo and the Triumph of the Assads

the death of Aleppo, the Syrian civil war nears its end. It has been proposed that the U.S. and Russia cooperate to force an end to the fighting and try to save what is left of the country. It’s long overdue.

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Old Dictators Never Fade Away

Congo Brazzaville dictator Denis Sassou Nguesso, just re-elected for a sixth term, is typical of the genre, an old, and immensely wealthy, dictator who won’t just fade away

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Indonesia’s “Fragile” Religious Peace Is Stronger than it Appears

Indonesia’s religious peace has resisted Saudi influence to remain stronger and more tolerant than many in the West fear.

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Dealing with Nigeria’s Jihadist Threat

About 10 days ago I sat at breakfast in Lomé, the capital of Togo, a sliver of a country in West Africa, watching French TV news of the capture, and what turned out to be false reports of the liberation, of seven French tourists in northern Cameroon by the Nigerian radical Islamist group Boko Haram. It was hard not to feel concerned about the future of this part of the world.

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David Petraeus, John Allen, and the Real Housewives of Tampa

The idiocy of destroying one, and possibly two, distinguished careers over an extramarital affair (possibly two), involving no improper relationships with subordinates or sexual harassment, and unlikely to have entailed any breach of national security, seems wasteful in the extreme.

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