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Tremors in the Middle East

S. Azmat Hassan | Posted 04.03.2015 | World
S. Azmat Hassan

It's been a while now since some analysts had started referring to the Arab Spring as the Arab Winter. The latter expression implies that hopes of a major transformation in the politics and economics of the greater Middle East stand dashed.

Yemen Crisis Points Up Danger of Our Close Ties To An Increasingly Irrational Middle East

William Bradley | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

So we have yet another crisis in a little-known place to worry about. The difference is that, with this one, it's not hard at all to see how it could trigger a regional conflagration.

Arab Leaders Announce Unified Force To Counter Security Threats

Reuters | Posted 03.30.2015 | World

* Arab leaders announce formation of unified regional force * Region faces growing security challenges * Arab summit cal...

Netanyahu Owes a Hearty Thanks to ISIS

Carlo Strenger | Posted 04.22.2015 | World
Carlo Strenger

The general climate of fear and hopelessness concerning developments in the Middle East serves Netanyahu, the master of fear, phenomenally well. And the center-left has not had the energy and the political will to come up with alternatives that would require creative thinking.

The Enemy of My Enemy: Islamic State and the Internationalization of the Syrian and Iraqi Civil Wars - Part 2

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 03.30.2015 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

The Syrian Civil War was quickly seen by the Sunni Arab states, especially Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies, and to a lesser extent Turkey, as an opportunity to "roll back" the arc of Iranian influence in the Middle East.

A Momentous Opportunity to Embrace the Arab Peace Initiative

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 03.24.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

At no other time since the API was introduced in 2002 by Saudi Arabia has the development of events in the region converged to create a new environment, making the API more relevant than before; Israel must urgently adopt it as the basis for peace negotiations.

You Can't Defeat Somebody With Nobody

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

Everyone recognizes that ISIS cannot be defeated by bombing and missile strikes alone. It just doesn't work that way.

Arab League Chief Calls On Members To Confront The Islamic State

AP | SARAH EL DEEB and SAMEER N. YACOUB | Posted 11.07.2014 | World

CAIRO (AP) — The head of the Arab League urged its members Sunday to confront Islamic State extremists "militarily and politically," issuing an appa...

Checkmate and Moving on

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 10.16.2014 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

Iraq's immediate priority is to secure its cities, main arteries and borders by reforming and improving counter insurgency tactics and better equip the Iraqi Security Forces in conjunction with regional and global powers to help defeat ISIL.

The Weak Argument for a Saudi-Israeli Bedfellowship

Mohammed Khalid Alyahya | Posted 09.28.2014 | World
Mohammed Khalid Alyahya

It is ludicrous to refer to just any interaction between Saudis and Israelis as an "alliance" between the two states and painfully erroneous to suggest that Israel's onslaught on Gaza came with Saudi acceptance, let alone support.

Jewish and Arab Refugees Must be Compared

Lyn Julius | Posted 06.08.2014 | Politics
Lyn Julius

Arabs and Israelis could only bring about an overall end to their conflict if the rights of displaced refugees on all sides are recognized. Is it not right that both sides should have their claims taken into account?

No Better Time to Reinstate the Arab Peace Initiative

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.13.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

It is not enough for the Arab states to provide Kerry with lukewarm public support; they need to become active participants both publicly and privately and show solidarity with the US-led efforts to send a clear message to the Israeli and Palestinian publics where they really stand.

UNESCO and the Jews: Shame

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 03.23.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

UNESCO has long had on its schedule an exhibit titled "People, Book, Land: The 3,500-Year Relationship of the Jewish People with the Holy Land." The content of the exhibit had been approved by archaeological experts and met all pertinent scientific criteria. But less than a week from its opening, the exhibit was suddenly put on hold.

Defining the Endgame of the Peace Process

Michael Shtender-Auerbach | Posted 03.14.2014 | World
Michael Shtender-Auerbach

Sec. of State Kerry is certainly aware of the history and histrionics of the peace process, as well as the risks of failure, and his persistence despite seeming intransigence underscores the potentially grave consequences of walking away.

Poems and Prayers

Mohammed Fairouz | Posted 02.16.2014 | Arts
Mohammed Fairouz

Arabs and Jews have lived together for thousands of years. Our languages have cross-pollinated and we have developed a united mythology and set of traditions.This was all on display with the West-Coast premiere of Poems and Prayers, my third symphony.

Erratic U.S. Diplomacy Dancing to the Tune Set by Russia and Iran

Raghida Dergham | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Raghida Dergham

The new era of American-Arab relations requires scrutiny and caution from both sides, regardless of their current lukewarm - and in some cases, even s...

Syria's New Friend in Cairo

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.05.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Egypt's emboldened interim-government has embarked on a dramatic new path, which includes a restoration of Egyptian-Syrian relations. The growing Egyptian-Syrian partnership has potential to significantly alter the Middle East's balance of power when the conflicts in both countries finally resolve.

Arab League Supports Russian Initiative On Syria

AP | Posted 11.10.2013 | World

By The Associated Press CAIRO -- The Arab League chief has expressed support for Russia's proposal to put Syria's chemical weapons under internatio...

How to Answer Violence With Justice in Syria

David Peck | Posted 11.07.2013 | Politics
David Peck

At this critical juncture, America has a great opportunity to change the repetition compulsion around violence begetting more violence. That's leadership we can live with -- to do the thing that's hard, but stands on the side of right.

Obama Shatters His Image as a Dithering President

Raghida Dergham | Posted 11.06.2013 | World
Raghida Dergham

There is nothing on the horizon to indicate the ripening of a "Grand Bargain" or even of a settlement among international, regional, and local players...

Top 6 Reasons for Bahrain to Host Arab Court of Human Rights

Brian Dooley | Posted 11.03.2013 | World
Brian Dooley

Following an Arab League meeting, it was announced that Bahrain would be host of the Arab Court of Human Rights when the court gets established. On reflection, there are several factors that make it an appropriate choice.

INTERACTIVE MAP: Arab World Weighs In On Syria Intervention

HuffPost France | Sara Taleb | Posted 08.30.2013 | World

To go or not to go (with or without a UN Security Council resolution)? For several days now, Western countries have been debating whether to launc...

The Morning After a Syrian Strike -- What's Next?

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 10.29.2013 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

Damascus is eerily calm tonight while Damascenes nervously hunker down for what Washington is billing as a short duration Mediterranean-based cruise missile assault on Syrian military installations. The limited objective: "Punish" Syria for deploying chemical weapons "on a large scale" (Obama's words) against innocent men, women and children AND deter Assad from doing it again. Washington has done just about everything but take out ads in Syrian newspapers: The target is not Assad, nor is the attack directed at shifting any balance of power toward the "secular" Syrian opposition. Although the war drums are beating, the exact timing of the attack, should it come, remains a mystery.

Doing the Right Thing in the Middle East May Be Handing the Job to Someone Who Actually Can

Lilac Sigan | Posted 10.22.2013 | World
Lilac Sigan

After nearly three years of turmoil, it's quite clear that it's not an issue the EU, the UN, the U.S. and definitely not Israel can solve.

Interview: Ziad Doueiri Talks About The Attack

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.24.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Based on a novel by Yasmina Khadra, the film took Doueiri six years to bring to the screen, much of it spent trying to adapt the novel with collaborator Joelle Touma, his wife, and an almost equal period trying to find the money to film in Israel and Palestinian territories.