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September 16, 2014
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Economics


The Tahrir Forum
The Islamic State and the Cost of Governing
Mona Alami

Although the Islamic State gained access to significant resources in Syria and Iraq, budgetary constraints will hinder the group’s expansionist aims.

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Book review
World Supply and Chinese Demand
Neil Bhatiya

Is Beijing’s appetite for commodities pernicious, or simply pragmatic?

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Environment


Essay
A Garden in Cairo
Maher Stino

Once the site of a garbage dump, Al-Azhar Park is a verdant haven in the heart of one of the world’s most densely populated cities. The development project, led by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, achieved a grand urban vision for revitalizing center-city neighborhoods, restoring Islamic historical sites and reviving ancient crafts.

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Essay
The Nature of Cities
Ian Douglas

The modern metropolis is vulnerable to all sorts of sudden and gradual threats, from hurricanes and earthquakes to the consequences of global warming. To cope, society must be resilient and the city managed well. Be prepared! Here’s an Urban Dweller’s Guide to the Elements.

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Health


Essay
Fight Against Polio
Bill Gates

The disease can be eradicated by 2018—with sufficient funds, commitment, and resolve.

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The Tahrir Forum
Gaza 2020: A Looming, Avoidable Catastrophe
Robert Turner

By 2020 the population of the tiny Gaza Strip will grow by half a million people: 500,000 more to be fed, housed, educated, and employed. Let us address the root causes of this looming disaster rather than expecting the international community to foot the bill to mitigate their disastrous consequences.

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Politics & Society


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Strengths and Weaknesses in the Palestinian Initiative
Rami G. Khouri

Abbas is behaving more like a parent who promises his or her children a birthday surprise than a responsible leader who has been handed responsibility for the fate of some eight million Palestinians entering their fourth generation of exile, occupation and refugeehood.

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Panic or a Coming of Age in the Gulf?
Rami G. Khouri

The UAE air attack in Libya clarifies a major shift underway in the worldviews and self-perceived roles of leading Arab states, who now throw their weight around the Middle East in a direct manner they never did previously.

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Security


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Hard to Be Confident in the Coalition-to-Come
Rami G. Khouri

Several troubling aspects of the American-led military plan to defeat the “Islamic State”

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Confronting the Islamic State
Hassan Hassan

Airstrikes against ISIS will provide the Syrian opposition an opportunity to work alongside countries that long doubted its ability to rule a post-Assad Syria.

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