Tag: Bashar al-Assad

Is Turkey in a “Damned if You Do, Damned if You Don’t” Situation?

Is Turkey in a “Damned if You Do, Damned if You Don’t” Situation?

[ 0 ] October 21, 2014 |

by BAHAR LEVENTOGLU for ISLAMiCommentary on OCTOBER 21, 2014:  In a dramatic policy shift, Turkey decided Monday to allow Iraqi Kurdish forces, the peshmerga, to cross the Turkish border into Syria to help fight Islamic State militants in the Kurdish town of Kobani — under siege by ISIS for nearly a month. This came hours after […]

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Joshua Landis on ISIS, Syria & the “Great Sorting Out” in the Middle East

[ 0 ] October 10, 2014 |

via UNIVERSITY OF DENVER CENTER FOR MIDDLE EAST STUDIES (CMES CONVERSATIONS) on OCTOBER 7, 2014:  Danny Postel, Associate Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver, in conversation with Joshua Landis, Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma, former president of the Syrian Studies […]

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Is All Morality Gone? Condemning ISIS, and Beyond, in a World of Suffering (by Omid Safi)

Is All Morality Gone? Condemning ISIS, and Beyond, in a World of Suffering (by Omid Safi)

[ 0 ] October 6, 2014 |

by OMID SAFI for ON BEING on OCTOBER 6, 2014:  Where do we stand with respect to suffering? What do we have to say when hatred and violence finds a ready audience in global images, and love and tenderness are exiled to a private realm? What does it mean to be rooted in a prophetic […]

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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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