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Archive for April, 2008

Iraq: assessment and recommendations

From Adam Garfinkle I was asked recently for my assessment of U.S. policy in Iraq and my recommendations. My view is that we should withdraw U.S. military forces substantially from Iraq, but do so in a way that, given vital U.S. strategic interests in the region, avoids the optic of defeat to the extent possible. […]

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Iraq: options by elimination

From Stephen Peter Rosen …when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” —Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes) What are the alternatives available to the United States in Iraq? Three appear to be worth considering. First, the United States might consider withdrawing its forces to the areas that produce […]

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No peace without victory

From Philip Carl Salzman “America’s current policies represent a fundamental departure from [America's] centuries-old tradition,” concludes Michael B. Oren in a recent op-ed. In previous interventions in the Middle East, “American military action was seen as an ancillary to—rather than as a substitute for—diplomacy. And in no case did U.S. troops remain on Middle Eastern […]

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MESH invites selected authors to offer original first-person statements on their new books—why and how they wrote them, and what impact they hope and expect to achieve. Ofira Seliktar is a professor of political science at Gratz College and adjunct professor at Temple University, specializing in predictive failures in intelligence. Her new book is The […]

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MESH invites selected authors to offer original first-person statements on their new books—why and how they wrote them, and what impact they hope and expect to achieve. Philip Carl Salzman is professor of anthropology at McGill University and a member of MESH. His new book is Culture and Conflict in the Middle East.

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From Stephen Peter Rosen and Martin Kramer Today is April Fools’ Day, and no day could be more auspicious for an exercise in counterfactual history. In that spirit, MESH is pleased to offer a new paper by MESH member Walter Laqueur, entitled Disraelia: A Counterfactual History, 1848-2008. Laqueur, whose many books include an acclaimed history […]

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