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Turkey and Iran's Growing Alliance

Daniel Wagner | Posted 02.21.2014 | 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.

Iraq Veteran Counters Coffman's Proposal to Re-Deploy Troops in Iraq

Jason Salzman | Posted 04.09.2014 | Denver
Jason Salzman

To my way of thinking, Rep. Mike Coffman dropped a bombshell on KNUS' Dan Caplis show last month, when he said he "certainly" supports re-deployment o...

Suicide Bomber Detonates Aboard Lebanese Passenger Van

Reuters | Posted 04.05.2014 | World

By Laila Bassam BEIRUT, Feb 3 (Reuters) - A suicide bomber blew himself up in a passenger van in a southern suburb of Lebanon's capita...

The Times, They Are a-Changin' -- in Arabia

Claude Salhani | Posted 03.31.2014 | World
Claude Salhani

The Saudis now fear that if the Syrian civil war is allowed to continue it will eventually reach its own territory. And given the manner in which the fundamentalist jihadis are spreading it is not an impossibility. All the reason more to stop this war sooner rather than later.

Lebanon: Tripoli's Residents Trapped in Sectarian Violence

Human Rights Watch | Posted 02.19.2014 | World
Human Rights Watch

Sectarian tensions between the Alawite Jabal Mohsen neighborhood and surrounding Sunni neighborhoods have led to increasing targeted attacks against Alawites in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli. The Lebanese authorities' response has remained weak even as the conflict in Syria has seriously aggravated tensions there.

Breaking Up With the Saudis

Michael Hughes | Posted 01.26.2014 | World
Michael Hughes

So, the House of Saud wants to sever relations with the United State because the Obama administration had the audacity to refrain from bombing both Sy...

Oops, We Beheaded the Wrong Guy!

Micah D. Halpern | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Micah D. Halpern

This gruesome, senseless, brutal episode underscores just how disconnected the situation is right now in Syria.

The Paradoxical Afghan/Iran Alliance

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Humanitarian crises, sectarian clashes, and terrorism in Afghanistan will inevitably impact Iran. The Iranian government holds no illusions about Afghanistan's myriad of problems, nor is there any expectation that these will soon be resolved.

Winds of Change Reshaping Middle East Landscape

Claude Salhani | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Claude Salhani

Amidst the great uncertainty that prevails in the Middle East today there is at least one thing that is certain: we are living through a great shift in the region's politics and alliances, the repercussions of which are yet to be fully felt.

Syria's Divisive Impact on Yemen

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

The violent clashes that erupted last month between Sunni Islamists and Shi'ite rebels in Yemen's Amran province were partly a reaction to U.S. President Obama's declaration of his intention to launch a military strike against Syria.

Karzai's Taliban Solution

Daniel Wagner | Posted 12.14.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

What seemed inconceivable a decade ago -- the integration of the Taliban into Afghanistan's post-9/11 political process -- appears not only possible today, but probable.

Drowning the Arab Spring in Gulf Oil

Marc Gopin | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Marc Gopin

The excessive, concentrated wealth that extractions industries created has notoriously depressed the empowerment of millions of people throughout modern history. But oil politics and rivalries have an especially destructive retardation effect on freedom in the Middle East.

Who Are the Good Guys in Syria?

Claude Salhani | Posted 11.05.2013 | World
Claude Salhani

With the exception of a few intellectuals who truly believe in the democratic system of governance based on Western-like principles, the majority of the Syrian opposition forces appear to be as ruthless as the regime they are fighting to overthrow.

Britain Has to Lead With Soft Power

Indra Adnan | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Indra Adnan

Cameron, like Blair, cries: we can't stand idly by, wringing our hands. Damn right: take action but not of the killing kind.

Implications of Iran and Sudan's Growing Alliance

Daniel Wagner | Posted 10.12.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

Recent geopolitical developments across the Middle East and Africa have added momentum to Iran and Sudan's strategic partnership, an alliance driven primarily by an interest in weakening the power of Israel, and by extension the U.S., throughout East Africa.

The Simmering Rivalry Between Qatar and Saudi Arabia

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.11.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

Qatar and Saudi Arabia have challenged each other for greater influence across the Middle East and North Africa since the Arab Awakening began by placing bets on different horses.

Freedom, Journalism & Religion: How Safe a Mix?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 09.09.2013 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Is it safe to mix freedom, journalism and religion in today's Arab world? Mention those three topics together and you're likely to start a riot - or a...

Syria's Sunni vs. Shia Myth

Khaled Diab | Posted 08.30.2013 | World
Khaled Diab

The reality of the situation is that the civil war in Syria, though it has escalated tremendously, remains essentially a clash between an authoritarian, ruthless leadership and its associated elite (as well as those who feared instability) and the masses tired of bowing their heads.

Morsi Plays the Sectarian Card

Daniel Wagner | Posted 08.25.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

Morsi must realize that he cannot have his cake and eat it too -- attempting to embrace Tehran on one hand and the West and rest of the Arab world on the other. He is trying to be all things to all people, which will not work.

Prioritizing Peace in Balochistan

Saleem H. Ali | Posted 08.18.2013 | World
Saleem H. Ali

Peace is possible in Balochistan and across the land but it will require a willingness to differentiate between absolutist religious zealotry and resource-driven provincial nationalism.

Cleric At Mecca's Grand Mosque Calls For Support Of Syrian Rebels By 'All Means'

Reuters | Posted 08.14.2013 | Religion

By Sami Aboudi DUBAI, June 14 (Reuters) - A senior cleric in Islam's holy city Mecca exhorted followers on Friday to support Syrian re...

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.

Drone Wars Terrorize Friends Into Enemies

Zaman Stanizai | Posted 07.28.2013 | Politics
Zaman Stanizai

Drones don't work precisely because they create more enemies, which is why we are there in the first place. In the vicious cycle of this asymmetrical warfare the drones are the cause of more resentment, more enemies, and more wars.

An Ethical Question

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 07.28.2013 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

It doesn't stop. Examples of unethical media behavior abound. Or do they? A brief video clip this week on Lebanon's LBCI TV's and New TV's nightly ne...

The Shia-Sunni Divide: Tunnel Vision Prevails

James Dorsey | Posted 06.16.2013 | World
James Dorsey

With tension building on both shores of the Gulf, the stakes are high for regional governments as well as the international community as they could threaten shipping in the Straits of Hormuz as well as create domestic turmoil in both the Gulf states and Iran.