Articles by Michael Young

The Realists Return

If there were any doubts that congressional elections this week handed the Bush administration a sound spanking, Donald Rumsfeld dispelled them. There was irony in the fact that the defense secretary was brought down by a war initially planned... Read More

Hizbullah's Double-Edged Deterrent

BEIRUT -- A senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards official recently warned that "wherever America does something evil, the first place that we target will be Israel." He did not specify how Iran would do so, and there are missiles in the... Read More

Watching Khartoum

Arab summits are typically repositories of failure. The latest one in Khartoum, Sudan last week was no exception. The participants offered little that was new on a series of major regional developments, confirming that the Arab regional system is in... Read More

Syria and Iran: The Perils of a Radical Bond

BEIRUT -- Last week Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visited his comrade in isolation, Syrian President Bashar Assad, during a two-day official visit to Damascus. Assad was surely pleased with the event, which allowed him to play up a rare alliance... Read More

Vain in Spain

Last week the European Union organized a high secular mass in Barcelona, Spain, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Euro-Med partnership between EU countries and their counterparts from the southern and eastern Mediterranean. The event was to have been... Read More

Is There a Doctrine in the Haass?

Every few years, Richard N. Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations and a former official in the Bush Sr. and Jr. administrations, gets the itch to ask: What grand design should guide American foreign policy? He did it... Read More

Syria: The Ambiguous Islamist Angle

In the aftermath of the United Nations report on the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, much attention has been focused on how to hold Syria to account. Indeed, the German investigator heading the inquiry, Detlev Mehlis,... Read More

What If Syria Is Guilty?

BEIRUT -- Late last week, Detlev Mehlis, the German prosecutor investigating the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri on behalf of the UN Security Council, released a preliminary report on his inquiry, scheduled to be completed by mid-Septem Read More

The Sunni-Shiite Divide

A year after the fall of Baghdad, I asked a senior U.S. official involved in planning the Iraq war whether the whole thing was a Shiite-centered project. He insisted it was not, and that Saddam Hussein had engaged in "equal... Read More

Lebanon Kisses Syria Goodbye, Electorally

On Sunday, Lebanon successfully conducted the final round of its parliamentary elections -- ending the first stage of its post-Syria phase. The elections were far from perfect, sometimes acrimonious, and designed to favor a predetermined outcome; they were also muc Read More

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