Conn Hallinan is a columnist for Foreign Policy In Focus.

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Poison Gas and Arabian Tales

Poison Gas and Arabian Tales

Allegations of sarin use by the Syrian government are bedeviled by chain-of-custody issues.
Syria and the Monarchs: A Perfect Storm

Syria and the Monarchs: A Perfect Storm

Obama's decision to arm the Syrian rebels will likely escalate the conflict and torpedo any possibility for a political solution.
Afghanistan: Is It Really the End Game?

Afghanistan: Is It Really the End Game?

There is no reason to continue the bloodshed in Afghanistan, which all the parties recognize will not alter the final outcome a whit.
Breaking Out the Bush Playbook on Korea

Breaking Out the Bush Playbook on Korea

In the current crisis on the Korean peninsula, the Obama administration is virtually repeating the 2004 Bush playbook.
Syria: Chess Match Turned Free-for-All

Syria: Chess Match Turned Free-for-All

Establishing a pro-Western government in Damascus and inflicting damage on Iran is an illusion.