The Washington Post

Friday, April 17, 2015 - 06:24
The administration’s claims of progress belie the lack of a coherent long-term strategy for Iraq and Syria. That would require a much larger commitment of U.S. military, economic and diplomatic resources — which the Obama administration remains unwilling to furnish.
Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 06:53
Over the past four decades, the 550,000-member Pakistani army has repeatedly dispatched forces to Saudi Arabia to back a strategic alliance between the two Sunni-dominated nations. But the latest request from Saudi Arabia is prompting strong opposition from several major Pakistani political parties, reflecting the country’s fatigue with armed conflict as well as unease over whether events in Yemen could further inflame sectarian tensions in the Muslim world.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 06:59
Palestinian fighters clashed with Islamic State militants in a heavily contested Palestinian refugee camp in the Syrian capital on Monday as a United Nations official described the situation in the embattled camp as “beyond inhumane.”
Monday, April 6, 2015 - 06:57
In the two weeks since Saudi Arabia launched a bombing campaign in Yemen, the kingdom has barely slowed the advance of Shiite rebels who appear to be digging in for a long fight. But so far, Saudi commanders have projected no outward signs of concern that the campaign is falling short.
Monday, April 6, 2015 - 06:30
President Obama has cited the battle against al-Shabab militants in Somalia as a model of success for his relatively low-investment, light-footprint approach to counterterrorism. But this week’s massacre of 148 people at Garissa University College demonstrates the limits of the administration’s approach and the difficulty of producing lasting victories over resilient enemies.
Friday, April 3, 2015 - 07:13
On Tuesday, President Obama called Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi and conveyed news of long-brewing decisions in the Obama administration regarding U.S. military aid to Egypt. However, the decision is more significant than it seems – not an unvarnished “win” for Sissi, but one that presents him an opportunity.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 07:05
The United States will resume suspended military aid to Egypt, the White House said Tuesday, signaling the Obama administration’s eagerness to help a key Middle Eastern ally confront militant threats despite concerns about its repressive stance on human rights.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 07:02
Saudi military action in Yemen is a high-gloss, stage-crafted showcase of Saudi Arabia’s new military swagger. The the air campaign has become something of a possible dress rehearsal for a country that could be quickly moving out of the background of American-directed security agreements and taking regional matters into its own hands.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 07:48
The United States and Britain said Monday that Nigeria’s election results “may be subject to deliberate political interference,” a harsh warning issued just as the official vote count began in a crucial election for Africa’s most populous country.
Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 07:09
Peacekeeping-related mutinies are occurring at the same time that many African states and their foreign partners are placing much energy and resources into professionalizing African militaries. Planners should take heed of the grievances expressed in mutinies, which threaten to perpetuate many of the divisions that professionalization efforts aim to resolve.

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