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Middle East Politics

What Is Wrong and What Can (and Cannot) Be Put Right in the Middle East

Dan Schueftan | Posted 06.14.2013 | Home
Dan Schueftan

President Obama's recent Middle East trip reflects a measure of recognition that some of the most fundamental assumptions about the region that are prevalent in the West could be flawed.

Does Foreign Intervention Doom the Arab Spring? A Conversation With Trita Parsi and Stephen Zunes

Iara Lee | Posted 04.16.2013 | Home
Iara Lee

After the Western intervention in Libya, a number of people argued that it was a success and that it saved Libyan lives, it helped the Libyans oust a dictator, and it did not result in military occupation.

Another Shoe Is Thrown

Maryam Zar | Posted 04.09.2013 | Home
Maryam Zar

On the first state visit of an Iranian leader to the nation of Egypt since 1979, during a visit that alarmed many, a shoe has been thrown.

Obama and the Middle East: Rhetoric Versus Reality

Michael Hughes | Posted 10.16.2012 | Home
Michael Hughes

President Barack Obama's actions in the Muslim world have failed to live up to the principles espoused in his soaring speeches, according to Fawaz Gerges in his new book, Obama and the Middle East.

Sharks Bleeding Syria for its Carcass

Adil E. Shamoo | Posted 10.08.2012 | Home
Adil E. Shamoo

The West and its allies in the region have tried to avoid playing an ugly role in this bloodshed, but the pressures in and out of Syria are leading us to begin a descent into unconscionable interference.

Time for a Different Way of Thinking About National Security

Manochehr Dorraj | Posted 08.07.2012 | College
Manochehr Dorraj

When most Americans think about national security, they consider wars abroad and fighting terrorists. National security is perceived to be the responsibility of the military and intelligence forces.

Palestinian Attitudes Toward Israel

Michael Sharnoff | Posted 07.24.2012 | Home
Michael Sharnoff

A third intifada could have disastrous consequences for all parties involved. Yet it remains unclear if a new uprising would be directed against Palestinian leaders for failing to deliver realistic change and reform or against Israel -- or both.

Ingenious Political Coup Or Insidious Political Scheme

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 07.14.2012 | Home
Alon Ben-Meir

By expanding the coalition, Netanyahu has provided himself with the ideal political environment to reach a peace agreement with the Palestinians and bridge the social gap domestically.

Politics and Policies: Dealing With Ankara No Turkey Trot for Damascus

Claude Salhani | Posted 07.03.2012 | Home
Claude Salhani

Turkey is a real force to be reckoned with in the Levant. And if memories serve well, upsetting the Ottoman Turks never proved to be a very intelligent policy. Upsetting modern-day Turks may not differ.

An Iranian's View on a Nuclear Iran

Paul Heroux | Posted 05.29.2012 | Home
Paul Heroux

While it is not wise to use one interview as a basis to form an opinion or policy, one point of view is better than no point of view. I am fortunate to know someone from Iran briefly studying in the U.S. that is willing to talk about this issue from an Iranian point of view before he returns to Iran.

At Sea in Afghanistan

Michael Brenner | Posted 04.10.2012 | Home
Michael Brenner

Last week the Obama administration sent clear signals that it was planning to fold its tents in Afghanistan earlier than previously advertised. That set off a flurry of speculation as to why and whether we were giving up on the mission. Most of the talk is about how a retreat could be accomplished with credibility intact. After all, Afghanistan is where the "war on terror" began more than ten years ago. Once again, though, we are focusing on means and modalities without specifying the ends. And the bitter truth is that the Obama administration's foreign policy team is witless about too many things. There is a strong case to made that it is not competent to be the custodian of the nation's welfare in the larger world; nor is it honest about its shortcomings.

Is Iran's Nuclear Program Slowly Boiling Us?

Paul Heroux | Posted 04.02.2012 | Home
Paul Heroux

While the West could be all wrong about Iran's intentions, the evidence uncovered by the IAEA does not suggest this to be the case.

Big Change Whether We Like It or Not

Andrew Bacevich | Posted 01.14.2012 | Politics
Andrew Bacevich

Proclaim it from the rooftops: No, America is not "over." Yet a growing accumulation of evidence suggests that America today is not the America of 1945. Everyone else on the planet understands this. Perhaps it's finally time for Americans to do so as well.

Cold War or Employment and Peace?

Kevin Bermeister | Posted 11.23.2011 | Home
Kevin Bermeister

There is only one avenue for a sustainable peace: finding a means to employ the vast populace in Israel, Jordan and Lebanon who currently endure the indignities and difficulties of unemployment.

Recognize Palestine and Reaffirm Israel As a Jewish State

Rabbi Michael Lerner | Posted 11.14.2011 | Home
Rabbi Michael Lerner

The Palestinian state that is now emerging should be recognized as an affirmation action state, recognized by the United Nations before it has control over any territory of its own as a way to alleviate the special suffering of the Palestinian people.

Critics of Polls Disrespect Arab Public Opinion

James Zogby | Posted 10.06.2011 | Home
James Zogby

When over 4,000 Arabs from Morocco to the Arab Gulf States are asked their views about critical issues of importance to the region and to peace, it is important that they be heard and understood. For too long, Arabs have been ignored.

The Middle East and the Debt Ceiling Conflict -- The Similarities and Challenges of Ideological Conflicts

Doug Noll | Posted 09.28.2011 | Politics
Doug Noll

Those of us outside of Washington D.C. are faced with potential disaster if our elected representatives cannot compromise on debt ceiling limits. The ...

Only a Democracy Can Liberate the Golan

Sami Moubayed | Posted 09.11.2011 | Home
Sami Moubayed

It is foolish to believe that if/when the Baath is no longer "leader of state and society," Syria would crumble before international pressure to sign peace with Israel or automatically transform into a Mubarak-like Egypt.

No Yellow Brick Road for Palestinian UN Bid

Anav Silverman | Posted 09.05.2011 | Home
Anav Silverman

The creation of a Palestinian state via the UN will in no way end the Mideast conflict, but will only add another dimension of instability to the region. Nor will it serve the interests of the Palestinian people.

Jaweed Kaleem

Obama's Middle East Speech: Religious Leaders Respond | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 07.19.2011 | Religion

Religious leaders are responding to President Barack Obama's ‬much-anticipated speech on the Middle East, in which the president said that "all fait...

Lessons from PFC Restrepo's Mother

Mike Casey | Posted 07.12.2011 | Green
Mike Casey

We had to respond forcefully to the 9-11 attacks. But our people's sacrifice over the past decade demands that we push our leaders to identify the structural drivers that have so many of our people in harm's way.

Don't Worry About the Oil Prices

Georges Ugeux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Georges Ugeux

The crass ignorance of the realities in the Middle East and the exploitation of that ignorance by speculators compounded by the mediatization of the i...

What Does Egypt Mean for Pakistan?

Ethan Casey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Ethan Casey

There is a lot of work to do to continue educating the American public on our steep learning curve about the Muslim world in general and Pakistan in particular.

Where Do Middle Eastern Protestors Get All Those Stones?

Dan Pashman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Dan Pashman

Are they the same stones that were thrown the last period of chaos? Are they just lying around in piles, waiting for some unrest? Are there bins kept in strategic locations, for your protesting convenience?

It's Time for US Foreign Policy to Recognize Young, Connected and Democratic Islam

Alex Becker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Alex Becker

The true failure thus far has been the inability of the US foreign policy establishment to realize the unsustainable nature of alliances with undemocratic leaders in demographically and ideologically shifting countries.