Tag: Iraq

A Decline and Fall: What the History of the Safavid Empire Can Teach Us

A Decline and Fall: What the History of the Safavid Empire Can Teach Us

[ 0 ] September 12, 2014 |

“If you want to run an empire, the best possible way is to have unity through diversity. You don’t chop off heads, you bring people in, you invite them to convert. If they don’t, well, God will take care of that but in the meantime, they pay higher taxes.” Professor Rudi Matthee, University of Delaware  by […]

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Ella Lipin: Understanding ISIS’s Apocalyptic Appeal

[ 0 ] September 12, 2014 |

by ELLA LIPIN for COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS (MIDDLE EAST MATTERS BLOG) on SEPTEMBER 10, 2014:  President Barack Obama’s expected announcement today of a long-term military campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) follows an unusually grizzly few months of territorial conquest and seemingly barbaric behavior. To the outside world, this period […]

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WATCH : President Obama Addresses the Nation on ISIL (plus analyses by Duke professors)

[ 0 ] September 10, 2014 |

via THE WHITE HOUSE on SEPTEMBER 10, 2014 *UPDATED SEPTEMBER 11, 2014:  President Obama delivered an address to the nation on the threat posed by the terrorist group ISIL. — RELATED:  Several Duke professors participated in a live Twitter chat during President Obama’s speech tonight. In his address, the president explained to Americans his strategy for fighting […]

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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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Brits’ Disappearance Casts Shadow Over Qatari World Cup Efforts; Shines Light on UAE

[ 0 ] September 5, 2014 |

by JAMES DORSEY for THE TURBULENT WORLD OF MIDDLE EAST SOCCER on SEPTEMBER 5, 2014:  The disappearance of two British World Cup 2022-related labour rights researchers points to apparent escalating hostility between Qatar and the United Arab Emirates over Doha’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood; highlights the Gulf state’s lack of transparency with its silence […]

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WATCH: Are Muslims Being Portrayed Unfairly?

[ 0 ] September 5, 2014 |

via CNN on SEPTEMBER 4, 2014:  Does Islam lend itself to extremism, and have muslims been vocal enough in condemning the violence? Our panel weighs in. **panelists included Lisa Bloom (legal analyst), Marc Lamont Hill (political commentator), Ben Ferguson (Ben Ferguson show). If video above doesn’t play watch: http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/bestoftv/2014/09/04/ctn-muslim-extremism-panel.cnn.html  

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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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LISTEN: The ISIS Social Media Attack (weighing in: Shane/NYT,Tufekci/UNC, Skinner/ex-CIA, Arquila/Naval Postgraduate)

[ 0 ] September 4, 2014 |

by TOM ASHBROOK for WBUR/ON POINT) on SEPTEMBER 3, 2014:  Another beheading of an American journalist by ISIS. Steven Sotloff, 31. The orange outfit. The killer in black. The desert. The knife. It’s hideous, stomach-turning. Beyond infuriating. And it’s on the web. Social media. This summer, ISIS has rampaged across the desert, taking turf, claiming a “caliphate,” […]

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Responding to 9/11: Counterterrorism Policy in the 21st Century (MOOC starts 10/20)

Responding to 9/11: Counterterrorism Policy in the 21st Century (MOOC starts 10/20)

[ 0 ] September 4, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, via COURSERA and DAVID SCHANZER on SEPTEMBER 3, 2014:  9/11 was a devastating attack that required a comprehensive response from the United States. This course will examine post-9/11 U.S. counterterrorism policies regarding the use of military force, law enforcement and intelligence collection, and domestic security. We will trace […]

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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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