No update this week

No update as I'm in the deep south of the world meeting future in-laws, being cold, and expelling the poison in my lungs after a year in Qatar. Next Monday will have new stuff - promise!

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The How-To of Failing a State (Or: Just Think About How You Ruin House Parties)

In just the past six months, we've seen a veritable pantheon of countries falling into the shitter.  From South Sudan in January to Ukraine this spring and now Iraq this month, it's been a rough year to be a government.  And that's not even counting the nightmares still unfolding just out of the public eye: … Continue reading The How-To of Failing a State (Or: Just Think About How You Ruin House Parties)

From al-Zarqawi to Mosul: Who the hell is ISIS?

Listen up, haters!  The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is a bad-ass organization of super terrorists who will totally ruin your weekend - if they could afford the plane ticket and could somehow get on a plane too.   And they just captured Iraq's second largest city.  Ruh-roh, Raggy!  Perhaps it's time to break … Continue reading From al-Zarqawi to Mosul: Who the hell is ISIS?

Updates changing

We're moving to Monday updates from now on.  Friday seemed rather random, and quite frankly it's nice to have Sunday afternoon to bang out an article, especially as I prepare to repatriate to the United States where Sundays are days off.  Expect a piece on Monday about Mosul, ISIS, and the future of the Levant. … Continue reading Updates changing

Bowe Bergdahl and the Geopolitics of Ending a War

I'm in Washington D.C. this week, and good God will they not shut up about him.  Treason! cry the hardcore conservatives.  Hypocrites! cry their enemies.  All in all, it's very annoying.  But beyond the headlines of dummy-wandering-off-base-and-getting-captured-for-five-years-and-does-that-make-him-a-bad-person lies the real tale of the U.S. trying to pull as much it can from the unsolvable war … Continue reading Bowe Bergdahl and the Geopolitics of Ending a War