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Al Qaeda's Move in India Presages More Elsewhere

Daniel Wagner | Posted 11.04.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Al Qaeda's (AQ's) declaration that it is starting a franchise in South Asia is no surprise at all, given the sheer number of Muslims in the region, and that it is being eclipsed by the Islamic State (IS) in the headlines.

ISIS and the G-41 World

Daniel Wagner | Posted 10.15.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Isolationist America's foreign policy and standing in the world has been further emasculated in the process. Conservative political pundits in the U.S. criticize President Obama for failing to act in a more decisive manner to stem the tide. They remain delusional in their belief that anything the U.S. can do will make a difference.

Assad and His Friends Brag About Winning

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 06.18.2014 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

The Obama administration's entire Syria policy rests on the foundation that Assad's internal calculation needs to change. A willingness by Assad to participate in serious and meaningful negotiations is the objective of this policy. Right now, that foundation is crumbling into dust.

Turkey and Iran's Growing Alliance

Daniel Wagner | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics
Daniel Wagner

Declaring a desire to stand "shoulder to shoulder" with Iran in combating terrorism, and driven by Turkey's evolving policy toward Syria, Erdoğan's trip highlighted Ankara and Tehran's tendency to pursue mutual interests when their paths cross.

Extremist Groups In Syria Hobble Efforts To Replace Assad

AP | LARA JAKES | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

LONDON — LONDON (AP) — Violent extremists seeking to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad may instead have hurt negotiations to replace him...

The World's Silence on Syria Is a Silence of Hypocrites

Michael Shammas | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

Eventually, Assad or his sons must renounce power; history teaches that no repressive regime lasts forever. But how long until this family falls? How long until "might makes right" is replaced by morality, until the pen and law and human decency really do triumph over the sword?

Saving the Arab Levant

James Zogby | Posted 09.26.2013 | World
James Zogby

Reviewing events unfolding from Iraq in the East to Lebanon in the West can give one the distinct feeling that the region is on a path leading to self-destruction. What, if anything, can be done to reverse course?

Syria: The End of an Order

Dalal Mawad | Posted 08.11.2013 | World
Dalal Mawad

Today, events in Syria and their spillover across the region are defying the notion of nation-state and reversing national boundaries into sectarian ones. Arab social nationalism has disintegrated back to the basic ethno-religious entities.

Saudi Arabia's Dark Role in the Syria Conflict

Daniel Wagner | Posted 08.07.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

While the Saudis are delighted to see Iran's top ally facing a potentially existential threat, Riyadh would be wise to recognize that Iran's loss might not necessarily advance the Saudis' longer term interests in the Middle East.

Obama Handily Wins Third Debate

Matt Zeller | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Matt Zeller

Tonight's third Presidential debate featured a battle between Obama the Professor-in-Chief vs. Romney the student-who-didn't-do-the-reading. As someone who has ADD, even I had trouble keeping up with many of Governor Romney's non-linear arguments.

Focus on the Food: The Middle East Looks To Sustainability for Answers

James Doran | Posted 04.22.2012 | World
James Doran

It is clear we also need to embrace technology to enable us to double or triple food production to meet our needs. It may not sound too tasty, but just yesterday a Dutch scientist unveiled what purports to be a hamburger grown in a test tube from bovine stem cells.