Articles of interest – Dec. 20, 2018

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A New Middle East: Winners and Losers from Trump’s Abrupt Syria Withdrawal
By Juan Cole, Informed Comment blog, posted December 20.  The author teaches Middle Eastern history at the University of Michigan.
The War in Afghanistan Isn’t a ‘Stalemate.’ The U.S. Has Lost
By Andrew J. Bacevich, Los Angeles Times, posted December 19.  The author is a professor emeritus of history and international relations at Boston University.
From Arizona to Yemen: The Journey of an American Bomb
By Jeffrey E. Stern, New York Times Magazine, posted December 11.  An extraordinary piece of reporting, with accompanying photographs, produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center.
Go with Your Gut, Mr. President: You Called US Defense Spending ‘Crazy,’ and You Were Dead-On
By Danny Sjursen,, posted December 11.  The author is a current US Army officer who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and is a former history instructor at West Point.
Undocumented Entry Wasn’t Always a Crime. Here’s How That Changed
By Benjamin Gonzalez O’Brien, Boston Globe, posted December 9.  The author teaches political science at San Diego State University and is the author of Handcuffs and Chain Link: Criminalizing the Undocumented in America.
How George H. W. Bush Rode a Fake National Security Scandal to the Top of the CIA
By James Risen, The Intercept, posted December 8.  The author formerly wrote for the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times and won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 2006.
Reviving the Nuclear Disarmament Movement: A Practical Proposal
By Lawrence S. Wittner, Foreign Policy in Focus, Posted December 7.  The author is a professor emeritus of history at SUNY Albany.
Exposing the Crimes of the CIA’s Fair-Haired Boy, Paul Kagame, and the Rwandan Patriotic Front
By Jeremy Kuzamov, *, posted December 7.  The author teaches history at Tulsa Community College.
Trump’s Trade Czar, the Latest Architect of Imperial Disaster: Five Academics Who Unleashed the ‘Demon’ of Imperial Power
By Alfred McCoy,, posted December 2.  The author teaches history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
It’s Never ‘Just the Immigrants’
By Harry Blaine, Foreign Policy in Focus, posted November 30, 2018.  “The targeting of immigrants is intimately linked to a long record of labor repression and civil liberties violations – which eventually target the native-born, too.”

Thanks to Roger Peace and an anonymous reader for suggesting articles included in the above list.  Suggestions can be sent to