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Ali Khan Mahmudabad

The Shifting Sands Of The Middle East

Ali Khan Mahmudabad | March 30, 2015 | India
There are currently four all-out wars in the Middle East in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen with blowback of this in Tunisia, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Sudan amongst other places. The contexts of each of these situations is different and perhaps the one and only feature that states across the region share is that for various reasons most countries have denied their citizens the opportunity to form democratic civil society movements that participate in government and governance.
Azeem Ibrahim

ISIS Declares War On Mohammad's Covenant

Azeem Ibrahim | March 30, 2015 | World
Back when ISIS was still expanding into the multi-ethnic and religiously diverse northern Iraq, not just Yazidis but also the country's 1,000,000 Christians were some of their main targets. They were asked to either convert or leave. Otherwise they would be killed. All along, churches were being bombed or burnt...
Jeffrey Rubin

The Sooner Alberta Weans Itself From Its Resource Addiction, the Better

Jeffrey Rubin | March 30, 2015 | World
Any Canadians curious about where Prime Minister Stephen Harper's plan to turn the country into an energy superpower is heading need look no further than the provincial budget just tabled by Alberta. The collapse in oil prices has turned a once-enviable budget surplus into a monster.
Dr. John Coonrod

Looking Local: Addressing Hunger, Poverty and WASH

Dr. John Coonrod | March 30, 2015 | Impact
Why does hunger persist in a world of plenty? In a world that has made so much progress in achieving many of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), cutting extreme poverty in half by 2010, why has it not yet cut hunger in half?
Artyom Lukin

If Obama Can Embrace the Saudi Monarch, Why Can't Putin Greet the North Korean Ruler?

Artyom Lukin | March 30, 2015 | World
VLADIVOSTOK -- The experience of dealing with Pyongyang shows that the more you pressure and penalize it, the more aggressive it becomes. Rather than trying to isolate North Korea, it may be just the right time to engage it
Muhammad Sahimi

Saudi Attack on Yemen Aims to Prevent Thaw Between Iran and the West

Muhammad Sahimi | March 30, 2015 | World
The real reason behind the attacks is one and only one word: Iran. Ever since the Shiites came to power in Iraq in 2004, and Jordan's King Abdullah spoke about a "Shiite Crescent" in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia, a religious dictatorship of the worst kind, together with its Sunni allies in the region, which are also dictatorial regimes, have been obsessed with the Shiites and Iran.
Graham E. Fuller

How to Decipher Yemen, Where the Enemy of Your Enemy Is Also Your Enemy

Graham E. Fuller | March 30, 2015 | World
The threats emanating from Yemen are distorted and exaggerated, the stakes are actually relatively low (except for Yemenis), any imposed settlement is highly elusive and the costs to those engaged may be high. For the U.S., it can be once again something of a lose-lose situation where the enemy of my enemy is often also my enemy.
Yanis Varoufakis

Time Out: Let's Stop the Blame Game in Europe

Yanis Varoufakis | March 30, 2015 | World
ATHENS -- Five years after the first bailout was issued, Greece remains in crisis. Animosity among Europeans is at an all-time high, with Greeks and Germans, in particular, having descended to the point of moral grandstanding, mutual finger-pointing, and open antagonism. This toxic blame game benefits only Europe's enemies. It has to stop. Only then can Greece -- with the support of its European partners, who share an interest in its economic recovery -- focus on implementing effective reforms and growth-enhancing policies.
Abdullah Sharif

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Pushes the Reset Button

Abdullah Sharif | March 30, 2015 | World
President Ghani is an educated and competent man and as such is a welcome face in the leadership of Afghanistan. But he is also a part of a very dysfunctional, incompetent and corrupt machine ill-suited for producing the reforms he promised in Washington.
Philip Seib

Lee Kuan Yew and the Middle East

Philip Seib | March 30, 2015 | World
Much of the Western news coverage of the death of Lee Kuan Yew has been characterized by grudging admiration for the rise of Singapore and tut-tutting about Lee's autocratic style. The subtext is that anyone who fails to embrace Jeffersonian democracy as the ideal political system is unworthy of praise.
Anav Silverman

Israel's Arab Minority Integrating Politically, Economically

Anav Silverman | March 30, 2015 | World
A little over 20 percent Israel's eight million citizens are Arabs. According to the Israeli Democracy Index, a public opinion survey project conducted by the Israeli Democratic Institute and the Guttman Center for Surveys found last year that 65 percent of Israeli-Arabs are proud to be Israeli.
Jason Ditz

Tyranny of the Majority: Why It's OK Not to Be OK With Israel's New Government

Jason Ditz | March 30, 2015 | World
That this was a democratic result does nothing to hide the shame of it. That Israel's electorate was cowed, after decades of fear-mongering by political opportunists, to bet on nationalism is a disgrace both to that nation and to the principles that underpin reasonable peoples' support for liberal democracy.
Rosario Perez

As the Celebration of Women Moves On, Let's Leave No One Behind

Rosario Perez | March 30, 2015 | Impact
Poverty and health are intrinsically linked, yet the tools to combat them are frequently out of reach for poor women. More times than not, they find themselves in a constant cycle of scarcity -- scarcity of money, support, health and stability.
Katie Hurley

Love Is All You Need

Katie Hurley | March 30, 2015 | Impact
I don't know if I saved that child from anything. I don't know if he carried my support with him as he grew or if my words slowly faded away with time and age. I don't know if my whispers were audible enough to carry him through whatever obstacles he might have faced once he left residential treatment. But I do know that he taught me a very valuable lesson: Meet the children where they are and always love them anyway.
Harut Sassounian

Ten Reasons Why Obama Should Travel to Armenia on April 24

Harut Sassounian | March 30, 2015 | World
Armenia's President Serzh Sargsyan has invited several world leaders to Yerevan on April 24 to commemorate the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide. Here are 10 reasons why Air Force One should make an auspicious landing in Yerevan's Zvartnots International Airport on April 24.
Ivan Eland

Some Form of Formal Partititoning Is Still the Answer for Iraq

Ivan Eland | March 30, 2015 | World
In my book Partitioning for Peace: An Exit Strategy for Iraq, written some years ago but never more relevant now, I said that if Iraq was not partitioned peacefully, it would be divided by war. Unfortunately, the latter has occurred. Yet the U.S. government and other governments still haven't faced this reality.
Joe Cirincione

How to Know if the Iran Deal Is a Good Deal

Joe Cirincione | March 30, 2015 | Politics
World leaders are close to an historic agreement that would roll back and contain Iran's nuclear program. In order for the deal to succeed, however, it must deliver on three core issues.
Bernard-Henri Lévy

In Defense of Angela Merkel

Bernard-Henri Lévy | March 30, 2015 | World
The advantage of the notorious cover of Der Spiegel that showed Angela Merkel in front of the Acropolis surrounded by Nazi officers is that it finally poses, in a way that cannot be dodged, the question of Germanophobia in Europe.
Alan Titley

Reclaiming One Of Ireland's Masterpieces

Alan Titley | March 30, 2015 | Books
Irish literature is one of the great literatures of the world. This is well-known because of our Nobel Laureates in particular, Yeats and Shaw and Beckett and Heaney, but also because James Joyce and Swift and Oscar Wilde and others strut the world in their greatness. Contemporary Irish literature has...
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

The End of Ebola? Lessons at the Epidemic's One Year Anniversary

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | March 30, 2015 | World
Going forward, we need to be better prepared for further outbreaks of this and other infectious agents. Maybe someday in the future, Ebola will be sealed and contained in a building. But in the modern age, even such containment is only temporary.
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