Bed, Ba’ath, and Beyond, part 2: War Is a Racket

Happy Hallowen! Today I’m very pleased to bring you the second part of Travis Haycraft’s two-part series on Saddam Hussein’s military buildup in Iraq. Part one took us through the 1970s, leading up to the Iran-Iraq War, and today’s piece looks at how the war both affected and was affected by the military machine Saddam… Continue reading Bed, Ba’ath, and Beyond, part 2: War Is a Racket

Bed, Ba’ath, and Beyond, part 1: Saddam’s Shopping Extravaganza

Hello readers! Today I’m very pleased to bring you the second attwiw guest post! Arms proliferation researcher Travis Haycraft joins us for the first part of a two-parter (coming next month) on Iraq. Part one looks at the Saddam Hussein-organized build up of the Iraqi military in the 1970s, leading up to the Iran-Iraq War.… Continue reading Bed, Ba’ath, and Beyond, part 1: Saddam’s Shopping Extravaganza

Middle East update: June 15 2018

Eid Mubarak! ARMS SALES This isn’t strictly about the Middle East, but since it probably affects this region more than any other I thought you might be interested in new work at Cato that attempts to create an objective assessment of the impact of US weapons sales: In a recent study for the Cato Institute,… Continue reading Middle East update: June 15 2018

Asia/North Korea update: June 12 2018

AZERBAIJAN The Azerbaijani government on Monday showed off (via photo) its swanky new missile systems purchased from Belarus and Israel. Both acquisitions are a little surprising–the latter because there was no indication Azerbaijan was in the market for Israeli missiles, and the former because Belarus is a treaty ally of Armenia, and Armenia and Azerbaijan… Continue reading Asia/North Korea update: June 12 2018

World update: April 10 2018

I’m posting a little earlier than usual this evening because I’ve decided to give this whole “sleep” thing another look. In fact if I can manage it this might become the norm going forward. ASIA AZERBAIJAN Eurasianet reports that Armenia and Azerbaijan are competing over the right to serve as Iran’s main economic artery northward… Continue reading World update: April 10 2018

Europe/Americas update: April 7-8 2018

INEQUALITY If you’re worried about dying in a climate change-induced future hellscape, I have good news–unchecked inequality might tear us all apart before we can get there: World leaders are being warned that the continued accumulation of wealth at the top will fuel growing distrust and anger over the coming decade unless action is taken… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: April 7-8 2018