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January 03, 2017
It is somehow customary for humans to believe that calendars can influence the beginning and the end of their troubles.  In many locations around the globe, December 31, 2016 was viewed as a hopeful end to what was certainly a tough year.  Political tsunamis, increasing terror threats... Read More
December 21, 2015
Not long ago, my friend and colleague, Hal Ferguson, wrote on this blog about the rise of ISIS and in his opinion the way to defeat ISIS through more effective and inclusive local governance.  While many might... Read More
November 24, 2015
In the week and a half since the atrocity in Paris, the West has united behind calls to redouble the war against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) wherever the terror network may be found.  French President Hollande has declared the attacks an "act of war" and promised a pitiless... Read More
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Hal Ferguson

Regional Deputy Director, Middle East and North Africa Division