Politics

The Crumbling of ISIS

Officially, the Iraqi government is still dampening expectations of an early victory in Mosul. But the news on the ground tells a different story. General Stephen Townsend, commanding the US “assistance” mission, last week: ISIS is down to 2,000 fighters in Mosul, including those now isolated in Tal Afar. Iraqi Federal police, 28 February:  since… Read more »

In Memoriam: Thomas C. Schelling

On Tuesday I spoke at the University of Maryland memorial service for my teacher and friend Tom Schelling, who died last year at the age of 95. The photo above was on the dais. I didn’t speak from a text, but this is something like what I said:              … Read more »