To show how Byzantine the already complex Middle East political debate has become, my take on recent developments there will seem counter-intuitive to my long-standing fans (all three of you). For example, I support - gasp! - the recent U.S.-Iran nuclear deal.
When the Pope takes the stage in the heart of the nation's capital, Americans will be enthralled. He has done more than any other Vatican leader in our lifetime. And he has done so with grace, energy, and determination. Our political leaders will be watching him. They should learn from him too.
WASHINGTON--As one of the American citizens who was born in Israel and is well versed in Middle East affairs, my friend Raphael Benaroya has an intere...
Photo courtesy of MTSobek When word got out I was thinking of taking a group to Burma this November, I received this email: Dear Mr. Bangs: I stro...
There is a need for the opening up of society and social and labor reforms. Money alone can't solve all problems. Archaic laws and dominance of the clergy is another issue, especially in Saudi Arabia. This can't continue for long. Then there is the Syrian crisis.
The rulers of the Islamic Republic of Iran have routinely used external conflicts to divert public attention from domestic problems, deflect attacks, promote national cohesion and repress their opponents. Much of the tension between Iran and the U.S. can be seen in this light.
One could argue that the only place where the revolutions of the Arab Spring have actually made a change for the better is Tunisia. The North African country has had its own issues since 2011, but perhaps Tunisia's downturn has much to do with its close proximity to terror hotbed Libya.
Short-sighted and business-driven moves by European countries and companies might bring short term benefit and profit for them, however, it will lead to long-term severe economic and geopolitical consequences that will have a grave affect on EU economic, national, and geopolitical interests.
The kingdom may find that a less intolerant, more inclusive approach, coupled with greater sensitivity to popular political, social and economic aspirations, apart from a greater willingness to cooperate with regional rivals, offers better hope for stability and security.
Slower economic growth in China and other developing economies have contributed to weaker demand, while fracking and other innovations have combined with increased production by OPEC nations to increase supply. Both of these trends are likely to continue .
My question to those who still believe in the Putin myth of infallibility is this: why did the Russian president recently decide on sending his armed forces to Syria to participate in that sad country's interminable and ever more bloody civil war?
TEHRAN -- Now that efforts to block the nuclear agreement in the U.S. Congress have failed, millions of Iranians are hoping that politicians in Iran and the U.S. will work together to open economic opportunities, end political isolation and expand ties with the world. With these steps, the Iranian middle class will be determined to show the country's real face, one that has been buried under years of sanctions and military threats.
The International Crisis Group's overconfidence in the Syrian regime's suicide not only encouraged the disastrous rejection of diplomacy that has helped prolong the Syria war. It also abdicated the main role for which peace, promotion, and conflict mitigation NGOs exist in the first place.
Republican members of Congress should abandon efforts to sabotage the agreement and acknowledge that security is better achieved through diplomacy than through militarism.
Having an Iran deal opens the floodgates of economic opportunity, breaths new life into the middle class, and raises the standard of living, which are all vehicles of change. With the passing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the deal has done a lot more for positive transformation in Iran than sanctions ever could.
September 11 is a day of awe. The time of year when all remember, to the letter, where they were as they witnessed hate and radicalism crash down on modernity and civility. The sea of tears spilling at the 9/11 memorial seems to be never ending.