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Post-Paris Politics: Countering and (Maybe) Defeating ISIS

William Bradley | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

More than a week of cacophonous media and political gabble after the shocking Isis attacks on Paris make it clear that US presidential campaigns are no place to look for answers on this shocking and complex episode of new world chaos.

The Challenge of a New Regional Political Economy

Bassem Awadallah | Posted 05.21.2015 | World
Bassem Awadallah

They will also affect how the countries of the region will face the new ensuing challenges, not only to survive within the community of states, but to be able to meet and sustain the growing aspirations of their peoples.

Obama: President Who Pledged to Disengage Places U.S. on Permanent War Footing in the Middle East

William Bradley | Posted 09.11.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Obama defeated Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primaries and took office on the premise that he would wind down America's role in Middle Eastern and Central Asian conflicts. But his legacy will be the contrary.

Israel's 10th War: What's Next

Jonathan Adelman | Posted 09.14.2014 | World
Jonathan Adelman

As the war between Israel and Hamas flares up, most attention naturally focuses on Hamas rockets and Israeli air strikes and reserve call-ups. But, it is equally important to understand those broader factors that will govern the conduct of the war and its likely outcome.

If There Are U.S. Air Strikes, They Should Not Be For the Purpose of Propping Up the Failed Iraqi State

William Bradley | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

While the Iraqi military, with some help from Iran and the U.S., may be able to hold on to what is left within its purview, it's hard to see it reclaiming much territory without major foreign interventions. Which could easily backfire, both for Tehran and Washington, the only capitals which might be involved.

'Less Violent' Does Not Have to Mean 'Apathetic'

Marc Gopin | Posted 04.27.2014 | Politics
Marc Gopin

Americans may be getting less violent, but we should absolutely not be getting more apathetic and isolationist. The world is a dangerous place with some very violent people in it, as well as some very unfortunate wars between groups that have been set against each other by proxies.

OPEC Crisis

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 02.16.2014 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Shortly after the nuclear deal was reached between p5+1 and the Islamic Republic of Iran, Iranian authorities have become more assertive and authoritative in increasing their influence in regional and international arenas.

A Nonsymbolic War

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

Last week, in my post "Symbolic Wars," I advocated that the U.S. strike Iran rather than Syria.

Suddenly Syria: Obama's, Heh, Plan

William Bradley | Posted 11.04.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

For a guy who has worked for the last few years at low-balling the complex challenge of Syria, President Barack Obama has uncannily found just the way to make it bigger than ever.

A Homegrown Arab Alliance to Settle Global Nerves

Ahmed Charai | Posted 12.18.2012 | World
Ahmed Charai

The role Morocco can play will greatly facilitate America's own efforts toward peace -- and one day, God willing, relieve the next White House of this onerous responsibility.

OPEC Meets This Week, Holding World Hostage to Its Budget "Needs"

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 08.11.2012 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

The irony is that we (the U.S. and oil consumers throughout the world) are being asked to bail out the budgets of OPEC nations, especially the booming Gulf Arab States while we and much of the rest of the world are sinking into recession, if not depression.

Much Ado About BlackBerry?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

While countless Blackberry users in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are distraught about an expected October ban on applications supporting emails, messaging and Internet browsing, others in the Arab region are already considering Plan B.