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July 7, 2013

A visit to Iraqi Kurdistan is truly a humbling experience. Both 13 years ago, when I first visited the region, and now it’s easy to...

Back in the 1990s, when I was working on language study and then dissertation research in Iran, it was apparent that the vast majority of...

Saturday’s plane crash in San Francisco cost two people their lives while several passengers remain in critical condition. While tragic, that’s a remarkably low death...

In the past year, as Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood government appeared set to take that country down the road to Islamist despotism, there were no signs...

I can’t say I was looking forward to starting my Iraq trip last month in Basra. I hadn’t been to the southern Iraqi city in...

The sound you hear is my chortling over the news that France's intelligence agencies undertake domestic surveillance at least as far-reaching as that of the...

Every Tuesday, Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan addresses his Justice and Development Party (AKP) cohorts. Speaking before a friendly audience, he often lets his...