• About Irwin Arieff

    Irwin Arieff is a veteran writer and editor with extensive experience writing about international diplomacy and food, cooking and restaurants. Before leaving daily journalism in 2007, he was a Reuters correspondent for 23 years, serving in senior posts in Washington, Paris and New York as well as at the United Nations. He also wrote restaurant reviews for The Washington Post and Washington City Paper in the 1980s and 1990s with his wife, Deborah Baldwin.

    China in Africa: When Is a Win-Win Deal a Loser?

    by  • January 1, 2015 • BOOKS • 1 Comment
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    A Chinese-built light-rail system under construction in Lagos, Nigeria. JOE PENNEY

    Chinese officials often describe their growing economic involvement in Africa as a “win-win” arrangement. As they see it, African nations gain investment and infrastructure, make progress toward development goals and benefit from the creation of jobs and other economic activity. China lands contracts for its state-owned enterprises, enhances its image as a global leader,...

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    Tres Carnes: Barbecue and Tex-Mex Hook Up

    by  • February 26, 2015 • UN EATS • 
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    Tres Carnes, a New York mini-chain with a new branch in the Turtle Bay neighborhood of Midtown Manhattan, touts its food as a marriage of Tex-Mex and Texas-style barbecue. The wedding may spice up your lunch hour, but the pairing does not dazzle. While some of the dishes stand out, it’s mostly just Mexican...

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    Eating Like an Italian at Alidoro

    by  • January 8, 2015 • UN EATS • 
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    Il Soprano - prosciutto, mozzarella, baby onions, long-roasted sweet red peppers, olive paste and arugula on a Stirato roll

    Alidoro is the sandwich shop of my dreams, and that’s a problem. Other people seem to feel the same way. Drop by between 11:30 and 2:30 and you may get so hungry waiting in line to order your lunch you’ll be tempted to put in a call to Domino’s. Situated on a nondescript stretch of...

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    Israeli Settlements: A Timeline From 1967 to Now

    by  • July 11, 2014 • Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Middle East • 
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    Here is a comprehensive, up-to-date timeline charting the nearly 47-year campaign of Israeli settlement development in territories occupied by Israel after the Six-Day War, along with a graph tracking the years and population. This timeline accompanies “The Limits of Diplomacy: Israeli Settlements” by Irwin Arieff. 1967 June 5-10: The settlements have their origins in...

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    Asian Fusion That Shines With Star Power

    by  • October 30, 2014 • UN EATS • 
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    Fusion is the fashion these days, but the concept is fairly fuzzy. It can just mean that an Italian and an Argentine got married and decided to share a stove. But if you’re lucky, it will really mean that some great minds with good cooking skills have pooled ingredients and techniques from different parts...

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    The Limits of Diplomacy: Israeli Settlements

    by  • July 10, 2014 • Middle East, Peace and Security, Security Council • 
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    A Palestinian boy climbs Israel's barrier during clashes with Israeili security forces in the West Bank.

    Many Israelis reacted with surprise and dismay when United States Secretary of State John Kerry blamed Israel’s seemingly insatiable appetite for settlements for the collapse of the latest round of Middle East peace talks. The negotiations were already on hold when Israel announced it was opening the door to yet another 700 new housing...

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    Islamism and Politics: Going in Circles

    by  • July 3, 2014 • BOOKS • 
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    It must be a drag to live in a strict Islamist regime: the legal system stems entirely from Islamic — sharia — law, in which adulterers are stoned to death, thieves have their hands chopped off, and the renunciation of Islam, or apostasy, is punishable by death. Liberal democracy? Gender equality and women’s rights?...

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