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Archive for December, 2009

MESH in hibernation

From Stephen Peter Rosen and Martin Kramer We launched Middle East Strategy at Harvard (MESH) on December 7, 2007. At the time, we wrote: “We believe that each of our members, at some point, will have something to say that’s best said here. Our task is to show them those opportunities, and to exercise just […]

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‘Obama’s Approach to Russia and Iran’

From MESH Admin A journalist has described President Obama’s approach to foreign policy as “applying the same tools to international diplomacy that he once used as a community organizer on Chicago’s South Side.” In a new number of Middle East Papers, Mark N. Katz explains why these tools are likely to be ineffective in influencing […]

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From Sovietology to Jihadology?

From Walter Laqueur David Engerman is the author of a new study of American Sovietology during the Cold War and its impact on U.S. policy. In a recent article in Foreign Affairs he expresses his belief that the model of Sovietology should guide the study of today’s threats, specifically Jihadism. It is true that the […]

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‘How Not to Fix the Middle East’

From MESH Admin The Middle East policies of the Obama administration in its first year are the subject of a new number of Middle East Papers by Martin Kramer. The paper (delivered last month as a public lecture at Columbia University) argues that President Obama’s ambitious agenda has been thwarted by an internal contradiction: The […]

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‘A Question of Command’

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. Mark Moyar is professor of national security affairs at the Marine Corps University, where he holds the Kim T. Adamson Chair of Insurgency and Terrorism. His new book […]

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