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Stephen Glain

Stephen Glain

Stephen Glain is a freelance journalist and author based in Paris. For two decades, as a correspondent for the Wall Street Journal and Newsweek, he covered Asia, the Middle East and the policy sausage factories of Washington, D.C. He is the author of two books: Mullahs, Merchants, and Militants: The Economic Collapse of the Arab World (St. Martin’s Press, 2004) and State vs. Defense: The Battle to Define America’s Empire (Crown Books, 2011).

Borrowed Success

The Egyptian press all but ignored it, but the announcement on June 17 that the European Bank for Reconstruction and …

One Eye on the Exit

A decade ago I met in Cairo with Munir Fakhry Abdelnour, a highly respected businessman and financier, to talk about …

Sibling Rivalry

In an interview last month, Egyptian politician Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh displayed the poise and good humor of a man …

Strings Attached

In spring 2002, with the Second Intifada entering its second year, I was in Damascus drinking tea with a friend …

Hagel’s Trial By Fire

If nothing else, last week’s Senate hearings on Chuck Hagel’s fitness to run the US Defense Department exposed the deep …

The Merchant’s Plight

Mazen Kalab arrives an hour late for his interview with me, a Western journalist. He twitches nervously as he settles …

Hands Untied

Now that US President Barak Obama has earned a second term, so goes a canned Beltway conceit, he may pursue …

What Next for Obama?

He won—but he won ugly. The same US president who first captured the White House in poetry and governed in …

NATO of the Living Dead

If transatlantic relations were a Hallowe’en party, NATO could come as a zombie. Like the living dead, the North Atlantic …