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Obama Flies to Riyadh: Are U.S.--Saudi Ties Too Big to Fail?

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 04.19.2016 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

President Obama leaves Washington today for his third and final presidential "hajj" to Saudi Arabia for tense meetings with newly installed Saudi King Salman.

NATO/US Need to Be Doubly Wary of Saudis and Turks Adventurism in Syria

David Oualaalou | Posted 03.16.2016 | Politics
David Oualaalou

Conventional wisdom in the United States holds that Saudi Arabia and Turkey are right to enter the chaos defining Syria's civil war.

Saudi Arabia Should Be Disturbed, Not Reassured, Since It Poses a Worse Threat to the Middle East Than Iran

Doug Bandow | Posted 02.19.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

Last Month Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Riyadh to reassure the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states that the U.S. stood with them. "Nothing has changed" as a result of the nuclear pact with Iran, he insisted.

What Would Work In Syria?

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf | Posted 02.10.2016 | Religion
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf

With the collapse of the United Nations peace negotiations to end the Syrian conflict, we need to step back and envision what an effective Muslim government with the support of the people would look like.

Moscow's Historical Relationship with Damascus: Why it Matters Now

Carlo Caro | Posted 01.25.2016 | World
Carlo Caro

Current relations - Source: Sputnik News There have been many objections to what is denominated as the Russian interference in Syria, more specifical...

Iran-Saudi Rift Complicates Geopolitics of the Mideast

David Oualaalou | Posted 01.11.2016 | Politics
David Oualaalou

Should military conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia erupt, the United States might have no choice but to assist its longtime ally. But given some of the kingdom's latest efforts are completely contrary to U.S. interests, do we really have to?

Saudi Arabia Crumbles at Home, Struggles with Wars Abroad

Daniel Williams | Posted 01.12.2016 | World
Daniel Williams

The escalation of tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran is the latest episode in a 35-year old low-intensity conflict between the two regional powers. The competition took off in 1979, when the Shiite Islamic revolution triumphed in Iran.

Why Every American Muslim Must Condemn Saudi Arabia's Execution of Sheikh Nimr

Nushin Alloo | Posted 01.06.2016 | Religion
Nushin Alloo

Despite mainstream media condemnation of Nimr's execution, the response from the American Muslim community and some of its leading figures has been mixed, if not muted.

Iraq: Clash of Coalitions or a Shared Endgame?

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 12.07.2015 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

After the disaster of last year's terrorist onslaught, Iraq is now landing heavy blows against the so-called Islamic State. But it needs its allies to stop bickering to truly defeat Daesh.

Who Will Fight ISIS?

Bob Burnett | Posted 11.29.2015 | Politics
Bob Burnett

It's likely the US will form a new coalition to wage war on ISIS - the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. What remains to be seen is who will do the heavy lifting in this coalition. Which nation will be willing to put boots on the ground?

Damascene Sufism: The Antidote to ISIS

Sami Moubayed | Posted 11.24.2015 | World
Sami Moubayed

When the Islamic State stormed the city of al-Mayadeen in the eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zour along the Euphrates River, they struck with particular vengeance at the homes of Syrian Sufis. Members of the Sufi order were arrested; their clerics were flogged, their spiritual corners torn down.

Suicide Bombing At Baghdad Funeral Kills At Least 18

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 11.13.2015 | World

BAGHDAD, Nov 13 (Reuters) - At least 18 people were killed and 41 wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up at the funeral of a pro-government Shi...

Chalabi's Final Victory in Iraq

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

It says a lot about man's record in life, that within hours of his death he is widely proclaimed to have shifted the course of history, even though he was never a head of state.

Terrorism and the Crisis of Sunni Islam

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 10.19.2015 | World
Soumaya Ghannoushi

The roots of Sunni Islam's ailments it must be noted are not entirely to do with religion, as most journalists, politicians and "experts" in Europe and across the Atlantic never tire of repeating. Rather than scripture and theology, it is in politics and economics, in power balances, foreign interventions and the scramble for influence and resources that the causes of its ills reside.

Putin's Airstrikes on Syria Are Not What You Think

Said Elias Dawlabani | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics
Said Elias Dawlabani

Since Russian President Vladamir Putin began his military air campaign in Syria last week, Western media has been clamoring to explain his motivation. Most of the analysis so far has been incomplete or half-baked at best.

Pope Francis and an Appeal to Our Higher Angels

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf | Posted 09.16.2015 | Religion
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf

If you want to work for peace, you must have your own inner peace. That is what Pope Francis teaches us in his humility. He draws his strength not by jeering at "losers." He lifts the "losers" in a way that strengthens the entire community.

Reintegrating Iran Is in the U.S.'s Best Economic Interest

Georges Ugeux | Posted 09.10.2015 | Politics
Georges Ugeux

It is fascinating to read the comments that accompany the public debate around the approval of the Iran agreement. It is so obvious that it is better than the current situation that I find it necessary to spell the economic case on behalf of the agreement.

The Future of Nostalgia

Francis Levy | Posted 09.04.2015 | Books
Francis Levy

Margalit Fox's Times obituary of Svetlana Boym, the Curt Hugo Reisinger professor of Slavic languages and literatures and comparative literature at Harvard ("Svetlana Boym, 56, Scholar of Myth and Memory Dies, NYT, 8/22/13) discusses one of her works, The Future of Nostalgia.

What the West Should Understand About Human Rights in the Emirates

Mohammed Fairouz | Posted 08.26.2015 | World
Mohammed Fairouz

Human rights have been a curious case when it comes to the UAE and the other Gulf Arab states for quite some time. The most widely reported concerns in the Emirates have had to do with workers in Dubai, the UAE's second city.

Israeli-Hamas Truce: An Opportunity In Disguise

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 08.21.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The prospective Israeli-Hamas truce presents a momentous opportunity, albeit in disguise, for all parties concerned to turn a new page in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and change its geopolitical and security dynamics, which succeeding Israeli and Palestinian governments could build on.

What Are the Saudis and Hamas Planning Behind Our Back?

David Oualaalou | Posted 08.10.2015 | Politics
David Oualaalou

This rapprochement with Hamas also explains, to some degree, the reason behind King Salman's decision to reshuffle his cabinet a few months ago. This and other moves suggest King Salman is more sympathetic to religious conservatives than his predecessor, the late King Abdullah.

We Can Defeat ISIS

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 08.04.2015 | World
Amitai Etzioni

Without an inchoate caliphate, ISIS becomes another bunch of terrorists roaming in the area, competing with several others.ISIS can be defeated, and quite readily. It set itself up as an easier target than other terrorist groups when it defined itself as seeking to found a state, governed in line with its particular interpretation of Islam.

Iraq Is Not Iraq Anymore

Stanley Weiss | Posted 07.21.2016 | World
Stanley Weiss

If America doesn't have the stomach for such an open-ended commitment -- and honestly, it's hard to imagine a successful candidacy for the White House in 2016 built around the theme, "Let's Re-invade Iraq" -- the options get much more limited. But there are three things that would make a difference.

Sunnis And Shi'ites Pray Together For Unity After Bombing

Reuters | Posted 07.03.2016 | Religion

KUWAIT, July 3 (Reuters) - Hundreds of Shi'ite and Sunni Muslims prayed for national unity at Kuwait's grand mosque on Friday, vowing to block any a...

Why Is Iran's Military Doctrine Defensive?

Milad Jokar | Posted 06.15.2016 | World
Milad Jokar

The political capital invested by the Obama administration and the Rouhani government gives us good reasons to be not only "cautiously optimistic" but "optimistic" regarding the Iranian nuclear crisis.