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Thanassis Cambanis

Thanassis Cambanis is a columnist at The Boston Globe and a regular contributor to The New York Times, is writing a book about Egypt's revolutionaries. He is a fellow at The Century Foundation, teaches at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, and blogs at He is also the author of A Privilege to Die: Inside Hezbollah's Legions and Their Endless War Against Israel.

The World Waits for Putin to Stop Assad. He Won't

As Assad begins an assault on Idlib, the last rebel stronghold, the world has fooled itself into thinking Russia will intervene.


The Logic of Assad's Brutality

No meaningful American response will be forthcoming, no matter how hideous the war crime.


The War on ISIS Held the Middle East Together

With the fall of Raqqa, the sad story will pick up exactly where it left off in 2014.


The US Just Bombed Pro-Assad Troops in Syria. What’s Next?

This could be the start of a larger escalation that includes direct military clashes with Iran or Iranian-backed proxies.


Is Egypt on the Verge of Another Uprising?

Four years after taking power in a military coup, Egypt's Sisi is younger and sharper than his predecessor -- but he’s applying the same tools to the same problems. By Thanassis Cambanis


The Most Worrying Thing About Egypt's Coup: the Police

After a return of Mubarak-era elements and strong-arm tactics, revolutionaries have yet to articulate a clear vision of a functional, pluralistic government.