Category: Middle East and North Africa

WATCH: Bruce Jentleson Explains Obama’s ISIS Strategy

WATCH: Bruce Jentleson Explains Obama’s ISIS Strategy

[ 0 ] September 19, 2014 |

by BRUCE JENTLESON for THE WILSON CENTER on SEPTEMBER 18, 2014:  What is Obama’s strategy for combating ISIS in Iraq and Syria? How successful has the U.S. administration been in forming a global coalition to counter the growing ISIS threat to the region? Bruce Jentleson, Professor of Public Policy at Duke University and a Wilson […]

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David A Siegel: Going Beyond Military Force to Defeat ISIS (The Hill)

David A Siegel: Going Beyond Military Force to Defeat ISIS (The Hill)

[ 0 ] September 19, 2014 |

by DAVID A. SIEGEL for THE HILL on SEPTEMBER 16, 2014:  I have in this space previously argued that “hearts and minds” approaches to counterrorism and counterinsurgency are superior in many cases to those based on military force, even taking into account the incredible expertise and professionalism of our armed forces. The planned response to […]

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The War Department’s WWII Advice Booklet for Soldiers Headed to Syria (via Slate)

[ 0 ] September 19, 2014 |

by CHRIS A. SMITH for SLATE on SEPTEMBER 17, 2014:  The Vault is Slate‘s history blog. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @slatevault, and find us on Tumblr. Find out more about what this space is all about here. In 1942 the American war machine was in high gear, and soldiers were shipping out across the globe—often to places […]

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REPORT: Most Iranians Say It’s Necessary for Iran to Have Nuclear Energy Program

REPORT: Most Iranians Say It’s Necessary for Iran to Have Nuclear Energy Program

[ 0 ] September 19, 2014 |

Iranians show a readiness to support their government making a deal on Iran’s nuclear program that includes some key steps sought by P5+1 countries, while also being strongly opposed to some of the limitations that the United States has been seeking. — CISSM/UTCPOR Report  by EBRAHIM MOHSENI, NANCY GALLAGHER, and CLAY RAMSAY for CISSM/UTCPOR (CENTER […]

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WATCH: 2014 MacArthur Fellow, Poet-Translator Khaled Mattawa Talks About His Work

WATCH: 2014 MacArthur Fellow, Poet-Translator Khaled Mattawa Talks About His Work

[ 0 ] September 19, 2014 |

via MACARTHUR FOUNDATION, SEPTEMBER 2014:  Khaled Mattawa is a cultural ambassador and poet-translator of Arabic poetry giving voice to a vast literature largely unknown in the Western hemisphere. In masterful translations that evoke the rhythm and cadence of Arabic, he renders the beauty and meaning of the poems accessible to an English reader. He has […]

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Manal Omar: Latest Extremist Group in Iraq, Syria Must Be Challenged at Core

Manal Omar: Latest Extremist Group in Iraq, Syria Must Be Challenged at Core

[ 0 ] September 18, 2014 |

via UNITED STATES INSTITUTE OF PEACE on SEPTEMBER 17, 2014:  The brutality of the extremist militants who call themselves “The Islamic State” is a strategy in itself and must be met by powerful counter-measures that address the core causes of the conflict, said Manal Omar, USIP’s associate vice president for the Middle East and Africa, […]

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Palestinian Public Weighs in on Pres. Elections, Summer War in Gaza, Peace Process

Palestinian Public Weighs in on Pres. Elections, Summer War in Gaza, Peace Process

[ 0 ] September 17, 2014 |

via MIDDLE EAST MONITOR on SEPTEMBER 17, 2014:  A poll conducted after Israel’s latest military operation in Gaza has shown that nearly half of the respondents expected Palestinian reconciliation to fail, despite 87.6% assessing the degree of unity among Palestinian factions to be “good” during the offensive. It also found that out of the 82.5% […]

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Jean-Pierre Filiu on ‘Gaza: A History’ (Book Q & A)

Jean-Pierre Filiu on ‘Gaza: A History’ (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] September 17, 2014 |

“Both Fatah and Hamas, the main Palestinian parties, have forged over the years a self-celebrating militant narrative, intimately linked to Gaza, and any academic research has to deconstruct this narrative before addressing the core issues of the historical process.” — Jean-Pierre Filiu  Column » ‘By the Book’ with Joseph Preville by JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE and […]

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The Unknown Known: Documentary Tackles Unrepentant Iraq War Architect Donald Rumsfeld

[ 0 ] September 16, 2014 |

ISLAMiCommentary editor’s note: I thought this documentary was particularly timely given the geopolitical situation in Iraq and Syria right now. The documentary itself is available on Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and on DVD. Below is the trailer and interview with the film’s director Errol Morris.  by AMY GOODMAN and JUAN GONZALEZ for DEMOCRACY NOW (PART 1 of INTVW […]

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Nasta‛liz: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy (Sackler Gallery until 3/22/15)

Nasta‛liz: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy (Sackler Gallery until 3/22/15)

[ 0 ] September 15, 2014 |

via ARTHUR M. SACKLER GALLERY, SEPTEMBER 2014:  Nasta‛liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy September 13, 2014–March 22, 2015 Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Nasta‛liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy is the first exhibition of its kind to focus on nasta‛liq, a calligraphic script that developed in the fourteenth century in Iran and remains one of the […]

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