Lebanon and Syria have always been closely intertwined, from the days when they were both provinces of the Ottoman Empire, to a shared experience of French colonial rule, to the 1975-1990 civil war and post-war period during which Syria claimed a big brother role. Lebanon Senior Analyst Sahar Atrache discusses how Lebanon remains resilient in […]
via CENTER FOR STRATEGIC AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES on JUNE 1, 2015: Post-9/11, how is the United States finding the money to fight its wars? CSIS Senior Adviser and former Marine Corps Colonel Mark Cancian explains.
by JENNY KUTNER for SALON on MAY 29, 2015: Despite the violent and fatal end to a “Mohammed cartoon drawing” contest earlier this month in Garland, Texas, it’s happening all over again — this time in Arizona. Former Marine Jon Ritzheimer spoke with Anderson Cooper about the “Draw Mohammed” rally he plans to hold outside […]
by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on MAY 26, 2015: Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter’s blunt remarks on Sunday about the Iraqi army not having the will to fight have ruffled feathers in Baghdad and Tehran, and Vice President Joe Biden was constrained to call Iraqi Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi and reassure him that the […]
by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on MAY 20, 2015: Al-Zaman (The Times of Baghdad) reports that Iraqi Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi met Tuesday with leaders of the Shiite militias to plan the retaking of Ramadi, a Sunni Arab city about 78 miles due west of Baghdad that fell on Sunday to Daesh (ISIS, ISIL) […]
Despite a year- long campaign of air strikes and ground attacks which incurred heavy losses Islamic State (IS) shows continued resilience. The US-led coalition’s alliances with militant groups and IS’ durability raise the spectre of jihadist groups becoming a more permanent fixture in the Middle East. by JAMES M. DORSEY for RSIS COMMENTARY, ISSUE NO. […]
via JOHN HOPE FRANKLIN CENTER (AT DUKE UNIVERSITY) on APRIL 28, 2015 (taped April 15, 2015): Louis Yako is an Iraqi-American poet, writer, and PhD student in the Department of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University. The title of this lecture is based on an article by Yako published in OpenDemocracy (The Journey from Iraq to […]
Iraq native Abdul Sattar Jawad teaches the cross-culture impact of literary works by APRIL DUDASH for DUKE TODAY on APRIL 27, 2015: Name: Abdul Sattar Jawad Position: Professor of comparative literature, Duke Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Years at Duke: 10 What I do at Duke: I’m a literary author, and I’ve published 15 books on […]