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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.

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 launch a ...

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.

Contrasting Strategies, Same Results

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 08.20.2013 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Whereas former President Bush and President Obama are ideologically a world apart, their policies toward Middle Eastern conflicts produced the same damning reaction.

Syria the Arena for Russia's Battle against the West and 'Jihadists'

Raghida Dergham | Posted 08.14.2013 | World
Raghida Dergham

Western governments intend to head next week to the summit of the Group of Eight (G8) - which includes the seven Western industrial countries plus Rus...

Arab Americans Making Progress

James Zogby | Posted 08.08.2013 | World
James Zogby

Back in the 1970s, there really wasn't much of an Arab American community. Most people of Arabic descent didn't even identify as "Arab American." The Washington I see today is dramatically different from the city I came to 35 years ago.

The Problem With Partition: Human Rights Provides an Alternative to Israel and the Palestinians

William K. Barth | Posted 07.22.2013 | World
William K. Barth

Since Israelis and Palestinians live interspersed they are already compelled to cooperate on areas of mutual responsibility such as border security, migration, right-of-return, dual-citizenship, public services, trade and employment.

Bassem Youssef Brings Down House at 12th Arab Media Forum

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 07.19.2013 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Strutting onto the stage at this week's Arab Media Forum (AMF) to a burst of applause and cheers, Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef had a captive audie...

Recognizing Israeli-Palestinian Realities Requires that the U.S., Not the Arab League, Change Direction

James Zogby | Posted 07.04.2013 | World
James Zogby

One way forward is to look again at what President Obama said in his recent speech in Jerusalem where he committed to support Israel while challenging Israelis to recognize and deal with Palestinian need for justice.

Playing 'Decider' on Syria

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.29.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The big problem -- not just for Obama, but for America -- is that there simply aren't a whole lot of good options in Syria. So I thought it'd be worthwhile to go through them, in the spirit of Bush's "decider room."

The Dangers of Election Seasons "Bordering" Syria's Flames

Raghida Dergham | Posted 06.26.2013 | World
Raghida Dergham

Elections in the Middle East have become a blood-spattered means of exclusion that voids democracy of its core values, as well as a blatant way to mon...

"Strategic Concern" in Syria Has Ended, but the "Season of Surprises" Continues

Raghida Dergham | Posted 06.19.2013 | World
Raghida Dergham

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad made it perfectly clear what he has in mind in an interview with Syrian News Channel Al-Ikhbariya this week. He said ...

Stances on the Syrian Crisis Redraw the Map of the Region

Raghida Dergham | Posted 05.29.2013 | World
Raghida Dergham

Headlines describing the 24th Arab Summit held in Doha this week reflect profound division over Syria and Qatar's role in effecting change in the Arab...

What will John Kerry Hear on his Tour of the Middle East?

Raghida Dergham | Posted 04.24.2013 | World
Raghida Dergham

New US Secretary of State John Kerry may wish for his tour of Europe and the Middle East to be a "listening tour", but he will nonetheless find in the...

Education Diplomacy: Hillary Clinton's Global Learning Legacy

Lisa Petrides | Posted 04.13.2013 | Impact
Lisa Petrides

The Open Book Project, which Clinton announced in one of her final acts of diplomacy last week, is a concept that some might call naïve and others, brilliant.

Syria an Arena for Proxy Wars and International Trade-offs

Raghida Dergham | Posted 04.03.2013 | World
Raghida Dergham

In-depth analysis of the interview given by Lakhdar Brahimi, Joint United Nations and Arab League Envoy to Syria, to Al-Hayat on Wednesday indicates t...

Muslims Who Follow Jesus

Carl Medearis | Posted 03.11.2013 | Religion
Carl Medearis

When we say someone "follows Jesus," what exactly do we mean? The problem is not with the word "Jesus," it's with the concept of "following."

What Is the Purpose of the Arab League? (Part Two)

Michael Sharnoff | Posted 02.26.2013 | World
Michael Sharnoff

Why are Arab and Muslim leaders reluctant to unilaterally impose their own no fly-zone to protect Syrian civilians? But these same leaders waste no time when it comes to condemning Israel and embracing Hamas.

Syria: Enforce a No-Fly Zone

José Ramos-Horta | Posted 01.15.2013 | World
José Ramos-Horta

As the door has been closed on negotiations in Syria, options for achieving a resolution through dialogue have come to an end. It is time for the regional front-line States with credible military capabilities to consider escalating the pressure on the Assad regime by imposing a no-fly zone over Syria.

Four Axes of the East: Iran Looms Large in Russia's and China's Stance on Syria

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 12.03.2012 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

It is widely argued that Russian and Chinese economic and strategic interests embedded in the survival of the Assad's regime have outweighed their humanitarian concerns. The factors behind Chinese and Russian adamant support for the Syrian regime, however, go beyond these common perceptions.