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July/August 2012

If you’re looking for observations and analysis that give dimension, texture, and light to the unfolding developments in revolutionary Syria and Bahrain—and, for that matter, in the larger Middle East—you’ve come to the right place. ... Read More

China’s Leadership Crisis

China’s big news this year was supposed to be a calm transition of power. Instead, dueling party leaders and rumblings of dissent have deeply shaken the People’s Republic.

Sectarianism’s Unlearned Lessons

The unintended consequences of the West’s “civilizing missions” to liberate peoples have historically reinforced and inflamed sectarian divides rather than bridged them.

Bahrain’s Escalating Crisis

Tensions continue to rise in Bahrain between the ruling Sunni family and majority Shia anti-government protesters—and a peaceful resolution is increasingly unlikely.

China’s ‘Organ Donation’ Nightmare

China's Bo Xilai scandal has captured the world's attention since February—overshadowing even darker news: the apparent involvement of Chinese leaders in years of organ harvesting from political prisoners.

Sudan on the Brink

Sudan’s ruling party has survived war, internal division, and financial ruin. But it could soon face all of those again—along with student protests spurred by Arab Spring victories.

Inside Italy’s Downward Spiral

As the haze of Silvio Berlusconi’s long tenure begins to clear, it’s obvious that Italy will pay dearly for years of undervaluing private companies’ role in the national economy.

China and India Today

The delicate and increasingly tense China-India rivalry is reflected in the countries’ military preparations, alliances, and diplomatic maneuvering with neighbors and world powers alike.

Syria’s Clashing Communities

Given Syria’s widespread poverty and illiteracy, life and politics there are often determined by deeply rooted and divisive religious, sectarian, and ethnic allegiances—and the fear they inspire.

Wartime and Domestic Rights

Despite the achievements of Mary Dudziak’s prior work, her latest book, which discusses US civil liberties in wartime, fails in its argument that foreign conflict gravely threatens domestic rights.