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Seeking Justice in the Middle East Grand Strategy
Seeking Justice in the Middle East

Assassinating Iranian Major General Qaseem Soleimani was a justified act. But it took place within the context of a largely unjust and strategically indefensible grand strategy, so it is unlikely to be a net positive in the long run.

The Middle East Still Matters, So We Must Engage
The Middle East Still Matters, So We Must Engage

As American Christians, what is our relationship with the Middle East, and why does it matter to us? How does our relationship contrast to the superficial and shortsighted way governments engage the region?

If Only America Could Choose Peace with Iran
If Only America Could Choose Peace with Iran

The debate in America about Iran is not about war vs. peace. That is not the debate because that is not the choice.

Where Have All the Internationalists Gone?
Where Have All the Internationalists Gone?

There is a deep split over foreign policy within the psyche of the Democratic Party.

Day 11: Sitting in Darkness, Blogging the Light

If we leave religion out of our national conversation, we end up with a vapid conversation that doesn’t address the deepest realities that move most of the people in this country.

To Defeat the Islamic Fascism of Iran and Turkey, We Must Delegitimize the Ideology
To Defeat the Islamic Fascism of Iran and Turkey, We Must Delegitimize the Ideology

The rhetoric about the so-called “War on Terror” has led us down the wrong path for 20 years. Terrorism is…

Day 10: The Mother of All Meaning
Day 10: The Mother of All Meaning

To get any insight at all into what Jesus’ childhood and upbringing were like, you have to do something that sometimes makes Protestants uncomfortable: study Mary.

Day 8: One for All

The Christmas story suggests that we can somehow try to be loyal members of our nations, our families, our tribes—and to reach out to the broader human community of which we are also a part.

The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy of American Fatigue
The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy of American Fatigue

A buzzword in the foreign policy world right now is fatigue. But according to the well-respected Chicago Council on Global Affairs Survey, 69 percent of Americans support the US taking an active role in world affairs.