This chart shows every person killed in the Israel-Palestine conflict since 2000 -Vox

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An analysis of the deaths in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since 2000. The analysis should provide some insight into where both sides are coming from:
Palestinians deaths have been overwhelming disproportionate: Since the year 2000, 87 percent of deaths have been Palestinian. But from the Israeli perspective, the numbers suggest their policies work. Since 2000, 1101 Israelis have been killed, but only 168 of that number occurred after 2005.
These numbers do not tell the whole story obviously, but they do help explain why both sides are so entrenched. Israeli policy outrages the Palestinians, but it makes the Israelis feel safe(r). Even Netanyahu’s critiques have a hard time arguing with the decline in casualties. Until someone comes along with a viable long term solution, the cyclical violence will continue.

Why we stuck with Maliki — and lost Iraq -Washington Post

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The evolution of Maliki’s “leadership” in Iraq, as seen from a US perspective. A couple of questions to ask yourself:
1. Why did Maliki suddenly decide to consolidate power around himself in late 2008? Didn’t he see the danger of what he was doing?
2. What was Iran’s strategy when they backed Maliki at the expense of other Shi’a groups? What were their options?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/why-we-stuck-with-maliki–and-lost-iraq/2014/07/03/0dd6a8a4-f7ec-11e3-a606-946fd632f9f1_story.html

Democracy, Freedom, and Apple Pie Aren’t a Foreign Policy -Foreign Policy

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A short critique of liberal idealism’s influence on American foreign policy by Stephan Walt.

  • “The central problem is that liberalism does not tell us how to translate its moral absolutes into clear, effective strategies for bringing them about. Liberalism identifies a set of moral objectives — a blueprint that all societies are supposed to follow — but says little about what a liberal state should do if some foreign country or leader refuses to “do the right thing.”

Democracy, Freedom, and Apple Pie Aren’t a Foreign Policy