By Juan Cole, Informed Comment blog, posted January 2, 2019. The author teaches Middle East history at the University of Michigan.
By Mujib Mashal, New York Times, posted December 31, 2018. A detailed account of one aspect of the longest U.S. war.
By Jim Lobe, LobeLog, posted December 31. On the now-defunct conservative journal’s consistent support for aggressive U.S. overseas policies.
By Katherine Stewart, New York Times, posted December 31. This article article argues that a biblical/historical analogy with the first emperor of Persia sheds light on the appeal of the non-religious Donald Trump to right-wing evangelicals.
By Lawrence S. Wittner, LA Progressive, posted December 29. The author is a professor emeritus of history at SUN Y Albany.
By Andrew J. Bacevich, The American Conservative, posted December 28. “The same neocons who gush about alliances today were telling anyone not on board with the Iraq invasion to ‘go to hell.'” The author is a professor emeritus of history and international relations at Boston University.
By Robert Fisk, The Independent, posted December 27. A critical view of Secretary Mattis’s policies, with analogies to generals in other nations who have exercised political power.
By Julian Borger, The Guardian, posted December 21. A country-by-country rundown by The Guardian‘s world affairs editor.
By Lyle Jeremy Rubin, The Guardian, posted December 18. An eloquent and detailed personal account of basic training and of service in Afghanistan.
Thanks to John Marciano and an anonymous reader for suggesting articles included in the above list. Suggestions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>.