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Change Marches on in Tunisia and Egypt Despite Obstacles

Raghida Dergham | Posted 12.26.2014 | World
Raghida Dergham

One of the most important results was a setback for the Muslim Brotherhood, who lost an important political and propaganda outlet following the closure of Al-Jazeera Mubasher, which broadcasted out of Qatar. These two developments have multiple implications for the form of the regional map in the coming year.

Cuba Gives Obama a Chance for a Historical Achievement

Raghida Dergham | Posted 12.19.2014 | World
Raghida Dergham

President Barack Obama has rescued his legacy from oblivion through the Cuban gateway, having concluded that the nuclear negotiations with Iran and the Palestinian-Israeli peace process will hit the wall of Republican resistance in and outside Congress.

The Doha Gulf Summit: Testimony That the GCC Has Not Fragmented

Raghida Dergham | Posted 12.12.2014 | World
Raghida Dergham

Qatar's presidency of the GCC in 2015 will see a qualitative shift in Gulf relations and in drafting the new Arab-regional order, providing that the commitments made at the Riyadh summit are fulfilled, led by those related to the issue of Egyptian-Qatari relations.

Assad Blames U.S. For ISIS In Rare Interview

Reuters | Posted 12.04.2014 | World

PARIS, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Syria's conflict will be long and difficult and its army cannot be everywhere at once, President Bashar al-Assad...

How to Lose to the Islamic State: Obama Administration Considers Deploying Troops to Iraq, Focusing on Assad in Syria

Doug Bandow | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

The administration appears to have lost its collective mind. The president has added ground forces to the battle in Iraq and the military has suggested introducing thousands more. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel might be lucky having been left at the curb.

Obama Faces the Test of Emerging Out of the Gray Zone

Raghida Dergham | Posted 11.28.2014 | World
Raghida Dergham

President Barack Obama may be forced to move away a little from his policy of non-clarity, because he will not be able to win the war he declared against ISIS as long as he relies on mystery.

Filming Killing: 'Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait' by Ossama Mohammed and Wiam Simav Bedirxan

Karin Badt | Posted 11.22.2014 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

It is a shocking film: Ossama Mohammed and Wiam Simav Bedixan's Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait, featuring the footage of the ongoing killing going on in Syria, filmed by the people struck by and in the middle of the violence, on their cell-phones.

The Riyadh Summit Saves the GCC From Disintegration

Raghida Dergham | Posted 11.21.2014 | World
Raghida Dergham

Hopefully, this is good news for the Gulf with practical manifestations to be seen in the countries of the region living in the shadow of understandings and disputes.

Negotiations with Iran between Non-Success and Non-Failure

Raghida Dergham | Posted 11.14.2014 | World
Raghida Dergham

Despite the importance of the 24 November deadline in the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 countries, most likely, the negotiations will neither collapse nor culminate with the desired agreement by that date.

UN Says 13.6 Million Displaced By Wars In Iraq And Syria

Reuters | Posted 11.12.2014 | World

GENEVA, Nov 11 (Reuters) - About 13.6 million people, equivalent to the population of London, have been displaced by conflicts in Syria and Iraq, ma...

The American People Have Punished Obama For His Weakness

Raghida Dergham | Posted 11.06.2014 | World
Raghida Dergham

The Republican-dominated Congress intends to rob Obama of the means to achieve a legacy, which Obama plans to weave through the nuclear negotiations with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Tunisia's Elections Revives Hope For Change

Raghida Dergham | Posted 10.31.2014 | World
Raghida Dergham

This week, Tunisia rescued what was called four years ago the Jasmine revolution, which gave birth to the Arab Spring, by letting the whole know that it rejects imposing religion on the state, and that it insists on secularism and modernity.

The Perverse Puritans: Jabhat al Nusra's Harassment of Yarmouk

Talal Alyan | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics
Talal Alyan

Nusra has begun the now-familiar process of policing Yarmouk based on their perverted understanding of Sharia. The Al Qaeda affiliate has put restrictions on the intermingling of males and females within various contexts inside the camp.

Turkey's 'Road to Damascus' Moment

Scott Ritter | Posted 12.24.2014 | World
Scott Ritter

If there is ever going to be a solution to the problem of the Islamic State that has a hope of preserving the current geo-political structure of Mesopotamia and the Levant, it rests with the survival of Bashar al-Assad's regime and the resurgence of Syria as a viable national player in the region.

International Roles in Middle East Policies

Raghida Dergham | Posted 12.23.2014 | World
Raghida Dergham

Dr. Ebtisam Al Qutbi did well to design a forum that highlighted the importance of international roles in the Middle East, beginning with Russia and China, and not ending with Europe and the United States.

Conflicting Priorities for the Members of the Anti-ISIS Coalition

Raghida Dergham | Posted 12.16.2014 | World
Raghida Dergham

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will not compromise on the conditions he set out to President Barack Obama, for entering as a direct party to the war on ISIS.

Why Some Syrians Are Against Strikes on ISIS

Worldcrunch | Posted 12.16.2014 | World
Worldcrunch

U.S.-led airstrikes aimed at ISIS are being met with resistance in Syria. Some ask why it took the death of U.S. journalist James Foley for Washington to intervene.

Why Foreign Fighters Are Joining ISIL (Part 3 of 3)

Robert D. Onley | Posted 12.15.2014 | World
Robert D. Onley

How do you convince the globe's Islamic radicals, and ISIL in particular, that life -- for its fighters, supporters, and its persecuted victims -- is in fact far better than death?

The International Coalition is Fighting the Most Dangerous Enemy of Iranian Expansion in the Region

Raghida Dergham | Posted 12.09.2014 | World
Raghida Dergham

Why has all the attention and all the priorities been focused on fighting ISIS, mobilizing a regional and international alliance for the purpose, with the disclaimer that this war is going to last for years?

End Game Against ISIS Will Require Departure of Assad

Paul Salem | Posted 12.08.2014 | World
Paul Salem

The policies of Syrian President Assad and his regime created the conditions of civil war and state failure on which ISIS has thrived.

The War on ISIS Is Improvised Without a Clear Roadmap

Raghida Dergham | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics
Raghida Dergham

The concern here is not just about Obama's war. The concern is of the possibility of a rebellion by the popular base against some governments allied to the US president, as he wages a floating war without a political horizon and for years.

Embracing Assad Is a Better Strategy for the U.S. Than Supporting the Least Bad Jihadis

Graham E. Fuller | Posted 11.29.2014 | World
Graham E. Fuller

We have little to lose and much to gain in such a reverse in policy vis-à-vis Assad. If we persist on overthrowing him by force, we will perpetuate the disastrous status quo-- an anti-jihadi campaign that the administration has already acknowledged may be morphing into a new open-ended war for years to come -- all the while generating tens of thousands of new jihadis fighting new jihads that we cannot bomb out of existence.

Obama Adopts a Reactive Approach Rather Than Showing Leadership

Raghida Dergham | Posted 11.26.2014 | World
Raghida Dergham

This is not a conscious leadership. This is a classically reactive policy. If only the U.S. president would rise up to the level of challenges with a comprehensive strategy rather than tactics that keep him trapped in the "in-between" box.

Worse Than Assad

Jeff Danziger | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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Give War A Chance?

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

While American politicians snipe at each other to try to find partisan advantages to use in the upcoming midterm elections, the hard questions are going unasked.