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US and Gulf Confusion in Yemen and Iraq

Raghida Dergham | Posted 02.26.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

How did a panel of experts with a specific mission manage to understand the equations and developments in Yemen, while Gulf countries including Saudi Arabia were not able to ascertain and prepare for what was obvious in Yemen?

Possible Outcomes of Nuclear Negotiations With Iran

Raghida Dergham | Posted 02.12.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

What will happen following the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 countries, both in the event of success and in the event of failure? Failure will not lead to a war because Washington's strategy does not involve that.

Assad Says Syria Gets Information On Airstrikes Against ISIS

Reuters | Posted 02.10.2015 | World

* Assad says third parties convey messages on U.S.-led air strikes * Messages conveyed by Iraq, other states, Assad tells BBC ...

The International Anti-ISIS Coalition Needs to Be Repaired

Raghida Dergham | Posted 02.06.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

It is now clear that air strikes alone will not bring about the full defeat of ISIS, and that there is no alternative to a clearer and broader political and military strategy in the air and on the ground.

The Relationship With Saudi Arabia Is the Starting Point for U.S. Long-term Interests

Raghida Dergham | Posted 01.30.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

There are many reasons behind the scramble by the United States, both at the level of the executive branch and the legislative branch, to affirm to Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz that Washington is determined to maintain and develop the historical relationship between the two countries.

Not Everything Happening in the Middle East Is Bad

Abdullah Gül | Posted 01.20.2015 | World
Abdullah Gül

The removal from Syria of the Assad regime's stockpile of chemical weapons shows that joint efforts can yield positive results. Likewise, by agreeing to extend the international negotiations on Iran's nuclear program, the parties to the talks have kept alive the promise of a final deal, which would be a great victory for multilateral diplomacy.

Syrian Rebels And Government Reach Truce In Besieged Area

AP | DIAA HADID | Posted 01.15.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels and government forces began observing a 10-day truce on Thursday in the last rebel-held area of the central city of Homs...

Why Assad Still Must Go

Mohammed Alaa Ghanem | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
Mohammed Alaa Ghanem

Foreign Policy recently reported on an unpublished paper percolating through Washington policy circles that presents the Assad regime in Syria in an unusually positive light.

Wafflers

Francis Levy | Posted 12.31.2014 | Arts
Francis Levy

A waffle is a delicious breakfast food that's usually served with maple syrup, but in its verb form it means to be indecisive or titter on the brink of one action or another.

Change Marches on in Tunisia and Egypt Despite Obstacles

Raghida Dergham | Posted 02.25.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

One of the most important results was a setback for the Muslim Brotherhood, who lost an important political and propaganda outlet following the closure of Al-Jazeera Mubasher, which broadcasted out of Qatar. These two developments have multiple implications for the form of the regional map in the coming year.

Cuba Gives Obama a Chance for a Historical Achievement

Raghida Dergham | Posted 02.18.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

President Barack Obama has rescued his legacy from oblivion through the Cuban gateway, having concluded that the nuclear negotiations with Iran and the Palestinian-Israeli peace process will hit the wall of Republican resistance in and outside Congress.

The Doha Gulf Summit: Testimony That the GCC Has Not Fragmented

Raghida Dergham | Posted 02.11.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

Qatar's presidency of the GCC in 2015 will see a qualitative shift in Gulf relations and in drafting the new Arab-regional order, providing that the commitments made at the Riyadh summit are fulfilled, led by those related to the issue of Egyptian-Qatari relations.

Assad Blames U.S. For ISIS In Rare Interview

Reuters | Posted 02.03.2015 | World

PARIS, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Syria's conflict will be long and difficult and its army cannot be everywhere at once, President Bashar al-Assad...

How to Lose to the Islamic State: Obama Administration Considers Deploying Troops to Iraq, Focusing on Assad in Syria

Doug Bandow | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics
Doug Bandow

The administration appears to have lost its collective mind. The president has added ground forces to the battle in Iraq and the military has suggested introducing thousands more. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel might be lucky having been left at the curb.

Obama Faces the Test of Emerging Out of the Gray Zone

Raghida Dergham | Posted 01.28.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

President Barack Obama may be forced to move away a little from his policy of non-clarity, because he will not be able to win the war he declared against ISIS as long as he relies on mystery.

Filming Killing: 'Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait' by Ossama Mohammed and Wiam Simav Bedirxan

Karin Badt | Posted 01.22.2015 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

It is a shocking film: Ossama Mohammed and Wiam Simav Bedixan's Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait, featuring the footage of the ongoing killing going on in Syria, filmed by the people struck by and in the middle of the violence, on their cell-phones.

The Riyadh Summit Saves the GCC From Disintegration

Raghida Dergham | Posted 01.20.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

Hopefully, this is good news for the Gulf with practical manifestations to be seen in the countries of the region living in the shadow of understandings and disputes.

Negotiations with Iran between Non-Success and Non-Failure

Raghida Dergham | Posted 01.13.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

Despite the importance of the 24 November deadline in the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 countries, most likely, the negotiations will neither collapse nor culminate with the desired agreement by that date.

UN Says 13.6 Million Displaced By Wars In Iraq And Syria

Reuters | Posted 01.11.2015 | World

GENEVA, Nov 11 (Reuters) - About 13.6 million people, equivalent to the population of London, have been displaced by conflicts in Syria and Iraq, ma...

The American People Have Punished Obama For His Weakness

Raghida Dergham | Posted 01.06.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

The Republican-dominated Congress intends to rob Obama of the means to achieve a legacy, which Obama plans to weave through the nuclear negotiations with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Tunisia's Elections Revives Hope For Change

Raghida Dergham | Posted 12.30.2014 | World
Raghida Dergham

This week, Tunisia rescued what was called four years ago the Jasmine revolution, which gave birth to the Arab Spring, by letting the whole know that it rejects imposing religion on the state, and that it insists on secularism and modernity.

The Perverse Puritans: Jabhat al Nusra's Harassment of Yarmouk

Talal Alyan | Posted 12.27.2014 | Politics
Talal Alyan

Nusra has begun the now-familiar process of policing Yarmouk based on their perverted understanding of Sharia. The Al Qaeda affiliate has put restrictions on the intermingling of males and females within various contexts inside the camp.

Turkey's 'Road to Damascus' Moment

Scott Ritter | Posted 12.24.2014 | World
Scott Ritter

If there is ever going to be a solution to the problem of the Islamic State that has a hope of preserving the current geo-political structure of Mesopotamia and the Levant, it rests with the survival of Bashar al-Assad's regime and the resurgence of Syria as a viable national player in the region.

International Roles in Middle East Policies

Raghida Dergham | Posted 12.23.2014 | World
Raghida Dergham

Dr. Ebtisam Al Qutbi did well to design a forum that highlighted the importance of international roles in the Middle East, beginning with Russia and China, and not ending with Europe and the United States.

Conflicting Priorities for the Members of the Anti-ISIS Coalition

Raghida Dergham | Posted 12.16.2014 | World
Raghida Dergham

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will not compromise on the conditions he set out to President Barack Obama, for entering as a direct party to the war on ISIS.