When 66 percent of the American people do not approve of a president's foreign policy, something is awfully wrong with 1) the policy; 2) the selling of the policy; 3) the staffers formulating the policy. Betting on the remaining 34 percent who approve -- the isolationist fringes of both parties -- represents a dangerous sliver on which to bank a national security legacy.
The plight of Palestinians living in Syria -- at least 520,000 at the beginning of the conflict -- should not be ignored. Countries neighboring Syria, including Jordan and Lebanon, should drop entry restrictions on Palestinians, and all governments should suspend deportations of Palestinians to Syria for now.
With the bombing campaign launched by the Obama administration against the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS, America's unending war in the Middle East has come roaring back after a two-year intermission, under new ownership. Welcome to the Obama war.
Some analysts have argued that Jordan may be the next target of this radical Sunni militant group. This may be the case, but it will likely have limited impact and could even present Jordan with an opportunity to strengthen its strategic position.
Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to meet with Iraq's leadership including Grand Ayatollah Sistani on 24 July. The meeting which is understood, in essence, to have been primarily a consultative one, is potentially a critical turning point in the United Nation's involvement in Iraq's steps towards democracy.
Yet, the push towards urbanization often ignores the social and cultural benefits that rural environments still offer -- and at a lower cost with more sustainable ways to operate.
Prime Minister Netahyahu and President Abbas may wish they had someone else to negotiate with across the table. That is a luxury neither can afford anymore, otherwise events outside of their control will dictate in very unpleasant ways their future.
The relevant question for those of us among the 5 percent of the world's population with U.S. citizenship is: What will the people and policymakers in the United States do to help stop the killing in Israel/Palestine?
Let's dream big for a moment. And let's build a regional leadership institute in Jordan that will nurture young Jordanian and Syrian leaders.
Since the 2011 Arab uprisings, there has been little doubt that enhanced access to information and news contributed to political and social activism, pushing the boundaries of free speech. Today, however, there has been a regression in media growth and censorship shows little signs of receding.
As the school year wraps up, most children are already focused on their summer plans. But today, for more than five million Syrian children inside and outside the country, summer is not a joyous break from routine.
What if those of us searching for solutions made peace with the fact that we just do not -- and, perhaps, may not -- fully understand all of the contours of some of the seemingly intractable problems facing the Syrian refugee population?
Societies in conflict need dynamic thinkers and leaders to help resolve and recover from that conflict.
The United States should use the 300 soldiers who are on their way to Iraq to stiffen its allies spines and to generate collective action to fight the forces of evil now set loose in the Middle East. America can help with this endeavor, but the heavy lifting must be the responsibility of America's Middle East Allies.
The barriers are perceived as unbreakable, but what I found was that barriers can and will be broken down all the time, all around us. The world may be failing the youth of Syria by not realizing peace, but the youth of Syria will not fail the world.
The challenge for both Muslims and the international community is to counter the hijacking of the Muslim identity by extremists and also to respond to the victimization of all, including Muslims who are targeted by bigotry as well co-coreligionists.