by ANDREW HAMMOND for OPEN DEMOCRACY on APRIL 25, 2013: Tension with its Gulf neighbours began to rise from 2006 when Qatar and Al Jazeera stood with Lebanese Shi’ite group Hizbullah during its war with Israel, while western allied states clearly hoped to see the Iranian-backed militia wiped out. Secular activists and politicians in Egypt […]
by ALI HASHEM for AL MONITOR on MARCH 6, 2013: “Our brother Hugo passed away.” These could be the very words the Arab world used to circulate news of the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. For many Arabs, Chavez’s death means almost as much to them as it does to his loyalists in Caracas. For […]
by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on JANUARY 17, 2013: It’s been barely two years since Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in front of a government building in Tunisia. Just prior a policewoman had demanded he hand over his wooden cart laden with fruits and vegetables because he didn’t have a […]
by MIKE GIGLIO for THE DAILY BEAST on NOVEMBER 7, 2012: As the death toll in Syria’s civil war has mounted in recent months, many rebels have wondered why the U.S. government is not doing more to aid their cause in the drawn-out bloody conflict, now entering its 20th month.
by RYAN SUTO for POLICYMIC on NOVEMBER 5, 2012: No matter who wins the presidential election, there will be a whole slew of Middle East challenges for either Obama or Romney to face. Here are the top five challenges facing the President of the United States.
by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on OCTOBER 31, 2012: With the weekend Eid al Adha “ceasefire” broken in Syria, and continuous fighting since, there appears to be less and less hope of a resolution to the sectarian conflict in Syria that is turning into a civil war and an international quagmire. Noted Syria scholar, […]
by MARK LEVINE for AL JAZEERA ENGLISH on OCTOBER 8, 2012: With an inchoate leadership and no real plan forward, rebels in Syria should have stuck to non-violence, writes scholar. That there is presently no feasible plan for stopping the murderous violence in Syria is one of the few certainties surrounding the ever worsening civil […]
by GIORGIO CAFIERO for FOREIGN POLICY IN FOCUS at THE INSTITUTE FOR POLICY STUDIES on AUGUST 7, 2012: The standoff between Mali’s government and the armed Islamists who control two-thirds of the country is unlikely to resolve peacefully, and the prospects for a new war in the Sahel appear increasingly probable. In January, a disciplined Tuareg […]
by WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCILS OF AMERICA on JUNE 13, 2012: Lindsey Hilsum, International Editor, UK’s Channel 4 News, discusses “Libya’s Revolution and the Fall of Gaddafi” with the World Affairs Council. Ms. Hilsum arrived in Libya when the fighting began and was there when Gaddafi was killed. During this time, she found Libyans of all ages opening […]