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The Iran-Saudi-US Balancing Act -- and Israel: Something Must Give

Paul Scham | Posted 01.29.2017 | World
Paul Scham

The first milestone in implementing the Iran nuclear deal has come and gone. As the agreement's proponents expected and opponents denied would happen, Iran has poured cement in its Arak reactor and rendered it unusable.

The U.S. Should Not Accompany Saudi Arabia Over the Cliff

Adil E. Shamoo | Posted 01.18.2017 | Politics
Adil E. Shamoo

Saddam Hussein in the 1990s and currently Bashar al-Assad -- the heads of the Baath party in Iraq and Syria -- both played the religious card. However, Baathist doctrine in Iraq and Syria is basically irreligious. The Saudis are using religion as their excuse now, labeling the recent mass executions as preserving their religion when they are actually a message to frighten their citizens into submission.

The Saudi-Iranian Escalation Will Bring Even More Bloodshed to the Mideast

Ian Bremmer | Posted 01.07.2017 | World
Ian Bremmer

The current fight will play out not in Saudi Arabia or Iran, but in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen. Diplomatic breakthrough to these conflicts depends on the willingness of Saudi Arabia and Iran to pressure their proxies to make peace. The current enmity will make that nearly impossible for the foreseeable future.

Islam is not Enough: Why Religion Does Not Explain Everything in "the Middle East"

Vernon Schubel | Posted 01.02.2017 | World
Vernon Schubel

As a professor of religious studies one might think I would instinctively argue that knowledge about religion is especially crucial for understanding ...

We Cannot Defeat ISIS Until We Stop Iran and Saudi From Pouring Fuel on the Sectarian Fire

Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi | Posted 07.22.2016 | World
Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi

SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates -- The Saudi curriculum is laced with references faulting any minority that doesn't follow Wahhabi teachings, referring to them as "deviants" and "polytheists." And Iran's continuous support for its sectarian proxies has widened the Shia-Sunni divide and prompted Saudi Arabia to launch its current war against the Houthis. While both sides fuel the flames, ISIS is thriving in the fire.

Hearts, Minds and Dead Sunnis in Iraq

Peter Van Buren | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

A critical part of America's plan to resolve all issues left unresolved after nine years of war and occupation is to divide the indigenous Sunnis from the "foreign" Sunnis, i.e., ISIS, and "unite" Iraq.

Why America Can Never Win in Iraq

Peter Van Buren | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Instead of a good old-fashioned and simple Our Side vs. Their Side, Good Guys vs. Bad Guys, the Iraq War is one that comprises many layers. They intermingle and overlap, kind of like the multiverse of conflict. Some of this is painted here in quibbly broad strokes, but the core is solid.

South Florida's Muslim Community: A Melting Pot

Nezar Hamze | Posted 01.30.2012 | Miami
Nezar Hamze

One of the most enjoyable experiences in South Florida is attending the Friday prayer services. You get a real snapshot of how diverse our community really is. It's like attending a meeting at the United Nations.

The Sunni-Shia Conflict in Iraq

Nathan Gonzalez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nathan Gonzalez

Tuesday's deadly coordinated bomb attacks against soft targets in Iraq bear the mark of a simmering Sunni insurgency. But the Sunni-Shia conflict has very little to do with personal religious grudges.

Putting a Stop to Iran's Nuclear Ambitions Without Export Embargoes

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

With recent revelations about Iran's nuclear deception, growing concerns of the major European states, and a far more amenable Russia and China, the moment for a boycott on Iranian oil has come.

Iraq Sunni-Shia Marriage Payment Program Seeks To Mend Sectarian Divide

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The Iraqi government, in an attempt to mend the ethnic, sectarian divide between Shia and Sunni Muslims that has long plagued that country, is offerin...