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A Plea To Free Archbishop Mar Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim and Archbishop Boulos Yazigi Who Were Kidnapped One Year Ago Today

(6) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 8:42 PM

It is now precisely a year, 365 days, since the kidnapping of the two Metropolitans of Aleppo, the Syriac-Orthodox Archbishop Mar Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim and the Greek-Orthodox Archbishop Boulos Yazigi, which took place on the road between Aleppo and the Turkish border on April 22, 2013.

The kidnappers murdered...

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Action Needed As Kidnapping Of Syrian Archbishops Reaches 180 Days

(3) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 11:47 AM

One hundred eighty dreadful days have passed since the April 22, 2013 kidnapping of the two Metropolitans of Aleppo in Syria, the Syriac-orthodox Archbishop Mar Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim and the Greek-orthodox Archbishop Boulos Yazigi, who were kidnapped by armed men on the road between Aleppo and the Turkish...

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Lessons From Russian and Balkan History on How to Stop the War in Syria

(16) Comments | Posted September 18, 2013 | 5:37 PM

The current debate on the use and ban of chemical weapons in Syria is a salient testimony to a seemingly forgone notion in crisis diplomacy: the downward spiral of conflict doesn't end until the strategic interests of the key players are addressed -- in this case, the United States and...

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The Situation of Christians in the Middle East -- A Declaration of Concern

(270) Comments | Posted September 9, 2013 | 5:45 PM

The Metropolitans of Aleppo in Syria, Mar Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim and Boulos (Paul) Yazigi were abducted April 22nd, 2013 by 'unknown persons' and their fate is still in question.
This repulsive event is just one of many serious examples of the increasing persecution that Christians are...

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If You Want A Stable Afghanistan -- Don't Attack Iran!

(53) Comments | Posted January 26, 2012 | 11:25 AM

Tension between Iran and the West has not been higher in recent memory. The debate about military strikes and crippling economic sanctions on Iran has been confined to the issues of efficacy, limitations, and potential reaction by the Iranians. However, there is a critical matter that sheds light on the...

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Defining One's Own Destiny: Self-Determination, Religion and the 'Arab Spring'

(30) Comments | Posted June 16, 2011 | 4:04 PM

Self-determination can be described as the ability of individuals and groups to be able to enjoy the values of life, prosperity, freedom, and human dignity. Self-determination means to define one's own destiny; and is especially effective when involving the younger generation, the empowerment of women, and the economically disenfranchised.

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Crisis Diplomacy In Egypt

(10) Comments | Posted February 10, 2011 | 10:20 AM

Ever since I first studied the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, my career-long investigation into the best practices of crisis diplomacy has consistently led me to a singular and understated fact -- perception forms reality.

Consider the recent diplomatic flap in which the former American Ambassador to Egypt,...

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