Thomas Friedman

09/11/2014 - 2:54pm

    I don't know what action will be sufficient to roll back both the Islamic State militant group and Russia's president, Vladimir Putin, but I do know what's necessary. And it's not "leading from behind," which didn't really work for President Barack Obama in Libya, and it isn...

07/14/2014 - 2:43am

    In the 1960s, there was a popular sitcom - "Get Smart" - about a hapless secret agent named Maxwell Smart, played by Don Adams. Smart went by the code name "Agent 86." "Get Smart" famously introduced the shoe phone to U.S. audiences, but the show also introduced something else: its...

07/03/2014 - 4:28pm

    You can't make this up. The Guardian reported on Sunday that Ukrainians have crowdfunded the first "people's drone" to help their army stem infiltration by Russian-supported rebels in Ukraine's eastern provinces that border Russia.

    "Last...

06/26/2014 - 4:43pm

    The past month has presented the world with what the Israeli analyst Orit Perlov describes as the two dominant Arab governing models: ISIL and SISI.

    ISIL, of course, is the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the bloodthirsty Sunni militia that has gouged out a new...

06/19/2014 - 1:11am

            There is much talk right now about America teaming up with Iran to push back the coalition of Sunni militias that has taken over Mosul and other Sunni towns in western Iraq and Syria. For now, I'd say stay out of this fight - not because it's the best option but because it's the least bad...

06/19/2014 - 1:03am

    The disintegration of Iraq and Syria is upending an order that has defined the Middle East for a century. It is a huge event, and we as a country need to think very carefully about how to respond. Having just returned from Iraq two weeks ago, my own thinking is guided by five principles, and the first is that,...

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