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For Barak Barfi's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Oct 15, 2013

The narrative plot against Syria

America must focus on unifying Syria's bickering rebels before it can persuade Syrians that the campaign to destroy chemical weapons is not aimed at imposing a neo-colonial order.

Jan 14, 2013

Co-opting militias takes priority over Benghazi

As the United States struggles to understand last September’s attack on its diplomatic mission in Benghazi, which took the lives of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, a formal investigation has not even been opened in Libya — and likely never will ...

Jul 12, 2012

Libya's unwilling revolutionaries

Egypt is not the only place where the bright hopes of the Arab Spring are fading. From attacks against Western governments to ethnic clashes in remote desert oases, Libya’s revolution is faltering. The blame for Libya’s travails rests largely with the interim government that ...

Dec 28, 2011

Rebuilding the ruins of post-Gadhafi Libya

With the creation of a new government, Libya’s leaders should finally be able to focus on organizing the transition from the authoritarian state that they inherited to the more pluralistic one they envisage. But are they really able and willing to achieve that goal? ...

Aug 29, 2011

Libya faces period of reliance on foreign help

Six months after Libyan rebels took up arms against the country’s leader, Col. Moammar Gadhafi, they have finally toppled him. But while victorious on the battlefield, they have not been triumphant in political and economic terms. If the rebels are to ensure their revolution’s ...

Jun 15, 2011

Just how new is Egypt's 'new' foreign policy?

In the months since Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s resignation, his successors have signaled a shift in foreign policy by reaching out to former adversaries. Egypt’s government has welcomed Iranian diplomats and embraced the Palestinian group Hamas. Many interpret such moves as clear evidence of ...

Apr 1, 2011

Regime clash is personal

SANAA — When Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh ordered his military March 18 to fire on peaceful protesters calling for his resignation, he sealed his fate. A wave of military, government and diplomatic defections, led by his longtime ally First Armored Brigade Commander General ...

Feb 26, 2011

The battle for Bahrain

MANAMA — The fervor for change that inspired revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt is now rocking Bahrain. But the uprising in Manama differs from the mass protests that turned out longtime rulers in North Africa. Indeed, sectarian fault lines, together with the security forces’ ...