End-of-the-world cults flourish in stressful times and in periods of rapid social change, like the present. That offers some clues to the otherwise baffling phenomenon of young people from developed countries streaming into Iraq and Syria to join ISIS.
The worst way to follow the disastrous foreign policy of George W. Bush's era may be with a disaffected administration that seems to be uninterested in forming a coherent and strong U.S. outlook on the world. This is bad timing as the stakes couldn't be higher.
Intelligence experts provide explanations for the motivation behind Iran's nuclear weapons program that are deeply rooted in Western concepts, including regime preservation and enhancing Iranian hegemony in the Middle East. In my view, this is a mistaken approach, because it is based solely on speculation from analysts schooled in secular geopolitical theories.
For all his protestations that he arrives today in Washington on a grave mission vital to Israel's national security, Benjamin "Mr. Security" Netanyahu has more on his mind than merely scuttling President Obama's incubating nuclear agreement with Iran.
I was hopeful that Feingold would speak to the root causes of armed rebellions in the region. It was puzzling that the speech offered no mention of why armed groups are there in the first place. Does this reflect a fundamental misunderstanding, or worse, omission by State that illegal mining contributes to extreme poverty and deprivation?
Barack Obama has promised on more than one occasion that he would never permit Iran to become a nuclear armed state. Then again, this is the same President Obama who warned Syria's president not to use poison gas on his own people, or there would be consequences for crossing that red line.
Only on the issue of the climate is the claim of ignorance considered a free pass to do nothing. For an incumbent lawmaker, "I'm not a scientist" should be seen for what it is: a contemptible evasion of responsibility.
Since Speaker of the House Boehner's January 22 announcement of his invitation to Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress, an ugly unprecedented partisan divide has ensued up and down Pennsylvania Avenue.
Jordan's boundless generosity has provided a safe haven for the human tide of refugees that have been thrust upon it from war-ravaged Syria and Iraq.
There has never been a more perilous time for freedom of expression. The beheading by the self-proclaimed Islamic State of yet another journalist, this time a Japanese correspondent named Kenji Goto, is part of the continuing horror.
President Barack Obama made some progress on his agenda in his passage to India. But events in the Middle East and Washington demonstrated again how hamstrung his administration continues to be.
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As Obama and his team muddle toward their finish line, their achievements negligible, we might even express a modicum of gratitude. When they depart the scene, we will forget the lot of them. Yet at least they managed to steer clear of truly epic disasters.
Davos is ironically not about material luxury (only princelings, billionaires and those with a security entourage occupy the few hotels of grandeur), but about the fervor of connectivity with which deals can be made and the world can be changed.
If the U.S. is serious about the two-state solution, it needs to do much more to help end occupation and support non-violent Palestinian actions in this direction.
Heather Zichal, former top climate and energy aide to President Barack Obama his top aide in crafting his 2008 presidential campaign energy platform, has joined the industry-funded Atlantic Council as a fellow at its Global Energy Center.