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The Passing Of A Great Historian

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The Passing Of A Great Historian

When I was a university student, many moons ago, few courses in modern history were without a book, or at least a number of scholarly articles, by Walter Laqueur, assigned as part of our readings. Laqueur, who died September 30, at the age of 97, was a giant in his field. A German Jew who […]

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Washington’s Overlooked Gem

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Washington’s Overlooked Gem

When I was much younger, stamp collecting was a popular hobby among teenagers.  Most of my friends collected them, and we eventually specialized by limiting ourselves to certain countries. I saved and still have my stamps of Switzerland. So it was a given that I’d visit the Smithsonian Institution’s National Postal Museum when I was […]

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The Violent Political Culture Of The Middle East

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The Violent Political Culture Of The Middle East

In the Muslim-majority states of the Middle East, four types of regimes are on offer: Theocracies such as Iran, which is governed by Shi’a clerics; rule by a strongman — the Assads in Syria are an example; kings with a modicum of legitimacy, such as Abdullah II in Jordan; and finally, fragile and  — if […]

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Germany’s Former African Colony In The Spotlight

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Germany’s Former African Colony In The Spotlight

The first genocide of the 20th century occurred not in Europe but in South West Africa (now Namibia), a colony that Germany had annexed in the early 1880s. Now, a debate has emerged regarding the genocide and its meaning within German 20th-century history, particularly the extent to which it can be seen as a precursor to […]

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What Sweden’s Election Signifies

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What Sweden’s Election Signifies

On September 9, the populist Sweden Democrats received 17.9 percent of the popular vote in the Swedish general election, and ended the day as the country’s third largest political party. In 2010, they entered the Riksdag, Sweden’s parliament, with 5.7 percent of the vote. In 2014, they got 12.9 percent. One of its founders had […]

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The Centenary of the Jewish Legion

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The Centenary of the Jewish Legion

This year marks the 100th anniversary of World War I battles in Palestine waged by the Jewish Legion. The story of the Legion, officially the 38th, 39th and 40th Battalions of the British Royal Fusiliers, began with two Russian-born Zionists, Vladimir Ze’ev Jabotinsky and Josef Trumpledor. Jabotinsky, one of the leading Zionists in Russia at […]

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U.S.-Turkish Relations Take A Nosedive

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U.S.-Turkish Relations Take A Nosedive

Turkish- American relations have been on a downward curve for some time now. Disputes over Ankara’s role in Syria, its policy toward its Kurdish population, and its growing hostility towards Israel have been among the major irritants. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s increasing authoritarianism and Islamization of the country’s political system have worried Washington for some […]

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Egypt’s Beleaguered Coptic Christians

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Egypt’s Beleaguered Coptic Christians

Most people do not realize that Christians, for centuries following the introduction of Islam in the Middle East, still constituted the majority of the population. From Greece to Egypt, this was the eastern half of Christendom. When the first Islamic armies arrived from the Arabian Peninsula during the seventh century, the Assyrian Church of the […]

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Israel Seeks Closer Ties With Vietnam

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Israel Seeks Closer Ties With Vietnam

Seeking to expand trade with Asian nations, Israel has been seeking closer economic ties with countries like China, India, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Vietnam. It’s been a quarter century since Israel established diplomatic relations with Vietnam, which has a fast growing economy and is looking for economic projects that will allow it to offer work […]

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A Week In Juneau, Alaska

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A Week In Juneau, Alaska

At a conference I attended in Washington in late June, I heard another speaker refer to “remote” Alaska. That it certainly is  — it’s five times zones west of Prince Edward Island, where I live. A week later, we travelled to Juneau, the capital, to attend the 50th year reunion of my wife Pat’s high […]

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