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Endless U.S. Support for Dictators Powers Islamic State

Steve Koppman | Posted 03.09.2015 | World
Steve Koppman

What if the real problem in the Middle East isn't a few thousand crazy guys running around in the desert chopping off heads? What if the real problem is the established order that inspired them to organize, the very order the U.S. continually helps perpetuate?

Rethink America's Yemen Policy, Set New Standard for Syria, Iraq

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 11.29.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

Addressing root causes of inequality, inequity and injustice and promoting the well-being of Yemeni citizens will ensure that the country thrives in the long-term.

Barack Obama Is Fourth President to Put Americans At Risk In Iraq: Let Those Threatened by the Islamic State Fight It

Doug Bandow | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Unless President Obama pulls back quickly, his administration risks becoming absorbed in another interminable, unnecessary war in Mesopotamia with unpredictable but almost certainly negative consequences.

U.S. Forces: Stay Out of Iraq

Adil E. Shamoo | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Adil E. Shamoo

The current problem of Iraq will not be resolved by sending more U.S. troops, drones, or jets to Iraq. A U.S. military presence would only bring back the same problems associated with the invasion and occupation of the country. The United States can do something, however.

ISIS: The Spoils of the 'Great Loot' in the Middle East

Conn Hallinan | Posted 09.01.2014 | World
Conn Hallinan

As Iraq tumbles into a yet another civil war, it is important to remember how all this came about, and why adding yet more warfare to the current crisis will perpetuate exactly what the "Great Loot" set out to do: tear an entire region of the world asunder.

'Ceasefire' Is the Syria Word We Need to Hear

Marc Gopin | Posted 03.04.2014 | World
Marc Gopin

We need to hear the word "ceasefire" from the lips of major diplomats and strategists. The people of Syria will die without it, and everyone will gain something from ceasefire.

Iran Will Become a Nuclear Power, Unless...

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 02.09.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

If the Obama administration feels that there is even a faint chance to reach a lasting agreement with Iran, President Obama can improve the odds by insisting on a few conditions and satisfy itself and its allies that it has done all it could to prevent the military option.

Israel and Arab States: Strange Bedfellows

Haggai Carmon | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Haggai Carmon

Positive winds came out from Geneva on October 16 upon the conclusion of the first round of talks with Iran. Not so positive wind came from Iran's neighbors. The progressing thaw of U.S.-Iran relations is worrying the oil-producing Gulf States.

Curbing Israeli-Arab Concerns About an American-Iranian Deal

Steven L. Spiegel | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Steven L. Spiegel

Whether the Obama-Rohani phone call will turn out to be the equivalent of the Nixon era's breakthrough with China remains to be seen. But, as in the case of China, such a dramatic turn of events requires assuring neighbors that their vital security interests will be protected.

The Islamic Republic of Iran Threatens Geopolitical and Regional Conflagration

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 10.31.2013 | World
Majid Rafizadeh

Iranian leaders reiterated their political position on Syria as a non-negotiable issue, adding that any military strike on the Syrian government would not only lead to a retaliatory attack on Tel Aviv, but would also engulf the entire region.

U.S. Foreign Policy, Iran's 2013 Elections and the Prospective President

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 08.14.2013 | World
Majid Rafizadeh

If the odds play in favor of Saeed Jalili and he wins the presidential election, Tehran is likely to face greater regional and international isolation, economic deterioration and higher inflation.

The Women Trailblazers of Gulf Arab Art

Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi | Posted 06.04.2013 | Arts
Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi

The 20th century witnessed a string of influential women who have impacted the world of Western art from Gertrude Stein to Peggy Guggenheim. Perhaps unknown to some even in the arts field, a mixture of native and expatriate women across the Arab Gulf States have also played a major role.

The Brave New World of 'Syrianization'

Daniel Wagner | Posted 06.01.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

The battle for Syria demonstrates that what started as a peaceful call for change can lead to the disintegration of an entire country, and creation of a new geopolitical reality. If it can happen in Syria, it can and will certainly happen elsewhere.

Latin America and New Global Economic Order: Post Elections Analysis

Efraim Chalamish | Posted 02.02.2013 | Business
Efraim Chalamish

Most commentators were quite surprised that America's southern neighbor and economic partner did not play a greater role to the 2012 candidates' future plans. It can be explained by both the nature of the debate and the declining role of the United States in the region.

A New Middle East Agenda for Obama

Adil E. Shamoo | Posted 01.16.2013 | World
Adil E. Shamoo

In his first term, President Barack Obama's vision for the Middle East failed to materialize. Because he failed to deliver on his promise to redefine ...

BP Fines Could Create Thousands Of New Jobs In The Gulf States

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 06.14.2012 | Business

As Congress weighs whether to send billions of dollars in oil-spill compensation to the Gulf region for restoration, a new study suggests that tens of...

Arab Monarchies: Surviving the Revolts

Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi | Posted 01.08.2012 | World
Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi

It is unclear what exact shape Arab constitutional monarchies will adopt, but what is clear is that more political power will be shifted to parliaments rather than individuals.

Gulf Arab States: Hunker Down or Seize the Opportunity?

Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi | Posted 08.27.2011 | World
Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi

Below the surface, things may not be as quiet as these governments like to believe. In the Arab Gulf states, the core demands of their citizens who protested earlier in the year have so far not been met.

Gulf Governments Take to Social Media

Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi | Posted 07.31.2011 | Technology
Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi

In the past few months, the potential of social media outreach in the Gulf hasn't only been noticed and exploited by marketing firms but also by regional governments and officials.

Vietnamese Fishing Communities Ravaged By Oil Spill Find An Ally

Huffington Post | Lucas Kavner | Posted 06.27.2011 | Impact

The Mississippi Center for Justice was looking for help reaching out to the Vietnamese fishing community after the BP oil spill, so they posted a job ...

Saudi Arabia Takes a Leadership Role Confronting Iran

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Raymond J. Learsy

Perhaps it was only a dream, perhaps it was a WikiLeaks moment, but whatever, I hasten to pass along the news I stumbled upon.

The Doha-Tribeca Film Festival: Robert DeNiro, Kevin Spacey and Directors in Burkas

Karin Badt | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Karin Badt

Qatar, once a country of fishermen and pearl-divers and today boasting one of the highest per capita GDPs, is an unusual place for a film festival. But yes, it recently hosted one.

Midwest Girl Living in a Mid East World

Anne Sobel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Anne Sobel

Despite the fact I find the desert area outside of the beautiful seaside Corniche and cosmopolitan downtown rather dreary, I am having a love affair with Qatar.

Imagining a World Without Oil

Alexia Parks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Alexia Parks

We have seen the deadly results and heartbreak in the Gulf of Mexico from every angle and are shocked and moved by what we see. But is it enough to get us to move from inertia into personal action and social change?

Kissing Cousins: Assad Hangs Tough With Ahmadinejad

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

Syrian President Assad rewarded the Obama administration's decision to re-establish normal relations with Syria this week by laying out the red carpet today for Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.