Tag: Bashar al-Assad

LISTEN: Bruce Jentleson on America’s ISIS Strategy

LISTEN: Bruce Jentleson on America’s ISIS Strategy

[ 0 ] September 25, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on SEPTEMBER 25, 2014:  In a brief interview with the Voice of Russia yesterday following President Obama’s address to the UN General Assembly, Duke University public policy and political science professor Bruce Jentleson assessed this week’s coalition airstrikes on ISIS, and discussed the diplomatic dimensions of working towards political […]

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Syria and the Emergence of Grassroots Artistic Production (Leila Nachawati)

Syria and the Emergence of Grassroots Artistic Production (Leila Nachawati)

[ 0 ] September 22, 2014 |

by LEILA NACHAWATI for openDemocracy on SEPTEMBER 22, 2014:  Of all the changes crystallizing around the ideals of the Arab uprisings, the ones that are unquestionably positive are those in the creative and expressive arenas. While the entire region is witnessing an artistic renaissance that can be linked to the emergence of Arab theatre during the […]

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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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Take a Deep Breath and Build a Coalition to Confront ISIS (by David Schanzer and Tim Nichols)

Take a Deep Breath and Build a Coalition to Confront ISIS (by David Schanzer and Tim Nichols)

[ 2 ] September 8, 2014 |

by DAVID SCHANZER and LT. COL. TIM NICHOLS (U.S.M.C. RET.) for ISLAMiCommentary on SEPTEMBER 8, 2014: As people who have been studying and, at times, directly involved in, counter terrorism efforts in the U.S. since 9/11, we have been disappointed in the over-hyped public reaction to the emergence of the Islamic State of Iraq and […]

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The Islamic State Campaign: Key Strategic and Tactical Challenges (CSIS)

[ 0 ] September 4, 2014 |

by ANTHONY H. CORDESMAN for CENTER FOR STRATEGIC AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES (CSIS) on SEPTEMBER 2, 2014:  Transition in Afghanistan Grand Strategic Context Secular, “Christian” U.S. with poor track record in Iraq and ties to Israel; lack of allied confidence in U.S. in Arab world and Turkey; No allied unity. Islamic State is only one of […]

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Let the Middle East Govern Itself (Jeffrey Sachs)

[ 0 ] September 3, 2014 |

by JEFFREY SACHS for PROJECT SYNDICATE on SEPTEMBER 1, 2014:  NEW YORK – It is time for the United States and other powers to let the Middle East govern itself in line with national sovereignty and the United Nations Charter. As the US contemplates yet another round of military action in Iraq and intervention in Syria, it […]

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Don’t BS the American People About Iraq, Syria, and ISIL (Brian Fishman)

[ 0 ] August 20, 2014 |

by BRIAN FISHMAN for WAR ON THE ROCKS on AUGUST 20, 2014:  The apparent beheading of American journalist James Foley by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is a stark reminder of the group’s terrible brutality and the seriousness required to counter them. Unfortunately, much of the political discourse about the Islamic […]

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Book Q & A: If Their Elders Can’t Get the Job Done, Will The Youth? (Juan Cole Discusses “The New Arabs”)

Book Q & A: If Their Elders Can’t Get the Job Done, Will The Youth? (Juan Cole Discusses “The New Arabs”)

[ 0 ] August 4, 2014 |

“Many Palestinians see the Israelis as aggressive colonizers of Palestinian land and resources or as jailers; many Israelis see the Palestinians as irrational, violent and a ticking demographic time bomb that endangers a Jewish-majority state between the Jordan and the Mediterranean. One thing is sure: Palestinian and Israeli youth are the hope for a resolution […]

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Egypt, Syria, Libya . . .What is the Appeal of Phoney Elections in the Middle East?

Egypt, Syria, Libya . . .What is the Appeal of Phoney Elections in the Middle East?

[ 1 ] June 9, 2014 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on JUNE 8, 2014:  The world has been treated to a whole series of “elections” in the Middle East recently. Iraq had parliamentary elections, Libya’s parliament voted for a new prime minister, and Egypt and Syria had presidential elections. This summer, Turkey will have elections. It would be nice […]

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Combating Voter Apathy in the 21st century: Roundtable Discussion with Sisi and Assad (Satire)

[ 0 ] June 3, 2014 |

by KARL SHARRO for KARL reMARKS (blog) on MAY 28,2014: The recent European elections highlighted the problems facing democratic systems today as a result of declining voter participation and political apathy. In order to explore solutions for this problem, we organised a roundtable discussion with two of the leading figures in encouraging voter participation, Egypt’s […]

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