Dilip Hiro

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Downtown Cairo is plastered with huge posters of Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, the U.S.-trained Egyptian army chief who helped overthrow President Mohammed Morsi. (Photo: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters/Landov) Views
Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 1:15pm
Clueless in Cairo: How Egypt's Generals Sidelined Uncle Sam
Since September 11, 2001, Washington’s policies in the Middle East have proven a grim imperial comedy of errors and increasingly a spectacle of how a superpower is sidelined. In this drama, barely noticed by the American media, Uncle Sam’s keystone ally in the Arab world, Egypt, like Saudi Arabia,...
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Monday, September 30, 2013 - 12:49pm
A World in Which No One Is Listening to the Planet’s Sole Superpower
What if the sole superpower on the planet makes its will known -- repeatedly -- and finds that no one is listening? Barely a decade ago, that would have seemed like a conundrum from some fantasy Earth in an alternate dimension. Now, it is increasingly a plain description of political life on our globe, especially in the Greater Middle East.
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Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 11:17am
The Great Afghan Corruption Scam
Washington has vociferously denounced Afghan corruption as a major obstacle to the U.S. mission in Afghanistan. This has been widely reported. Only one crucial element is missing from this routine censure: a credible explanation of why American nation-building failed there. No wonder. To do so, the U.S. would have to denounce itself.
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Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 11:28am
Alliance from Hell: Washington's Pakistan Meltdown
The United States and Pakistan are by now a classic example of a dysfunctional nuclear family (with an emphasis on “nuclear”).
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Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 8:02am
How to Trump a Superpower: Pakistan Makes Washington Pay for Afghan War
The following ingredients should go a long way to produce a political thriller. Mr. M, a jihadist in an Asian state, has emerged as the mastermind of a terrorist attack in a neighboring country, which killed six Americans. After sifting through a vast cache of intelligence and obtaining a legal clearance, the State Department announces a $10 million bounty for information leading to his arrest and conviction. Mr.
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Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 9:23am
China: Pakistan's Other Partner. Has the Obama Administration Miscalculated in Pakistan?
Washington often acts as if Pakistan were its client state, with no other possible patron but the United States. It assumes that Pakistani leaders, having made all the usual declarations about upholding the “sacred sovereignty” of their country, will end up yielding to periodic American demands, including those for a free hand in staging drone attacks in its tribal lands bordering Afghanistan. This is a flawed assessment of Washington’s long, tortuous relationship with Islamabad.
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Thursday, September 23, 2010 - 11:40am
America Is Suffering a Power Outage (and the Rest of the World Knows It)
“Make poverty history!” A catchy slogan, and an admirable aim, it was adopted by world leaders at the United Nations summit in New York on the eve of the New Millennium. A decade later, it is America which has made history -- even if in the opposite direction. The latest U.S. Census Bureau statistics show that, in 2009, one in seven Americans was living below the poverty line, the highest figure in half a century. Last month’s 95,000-plus home foreclosures broke all records.
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Saturday, May 29, 2010 - 10:00am
The American Century Is So Over: Obama’s Rudderless Foreign Policy Underscores America’s Waning Power
Irrespective of their politics, flawed leaders share a common trait. They generally remain remarkably oblivious to the harm they do to the nation they lead. George W. Bush is a salient recent example, as is former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. When it comes to foreign policy, we are now witnessing a similar phenomenon at the Obama White House.
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Wednesday, January 13, 2010 - 10:47am
Regime Change in Tehran? Don’t Bet on It… Yet
The dramatic images of protestors in Iran fearlessly facing -- and sometimes countering -- the brutal attacks of the regime's security forces rightly gain the admiration and sympathy of viewers in the West. They also leave many Westerners assuming that this is a preamble to regime change in Tehran, a repeat of history, but with a twist. After all, Iran has the distinction of being the only Middle Eastern state that underwent a revolutionary change -- 31 years ago -- which originated as a mild street protest.
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Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 11:05am
Why Obama's Iran Policy Will Fail: Stuck in Bush Mode in a Changed World
While the tone of the Obama administration is different from that of its predecessor, and some of its foreign policies diverge from those of George W. Bush, at their core both administrations subscribe to the same doctrine: Whatever the White House perceives as a threat -- whether it be Iran, North Korea, or the proliferation of long-range missiles -- must be viewed as such by Moscow and Beijing.
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