Tag: Russia

The West’s Freedom Problem and the Roots of Islamic Militancy (by Mbaye Lo)

The West’s Freedom Problem and the Roots of Islamic Militancy (by Mbaye Lo)

[ 0 ] February 9, 2016 |

Mbaye Bashir Lo teaches at Duke University in the Department of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies and is core faculty with the Duke Islamic Studies Center. This article highlights key elements in his current book project entitled “Justice versus Freedom: the Problem with Militant Islam.” He is currently a visiting scholar at l’Institut d’études de l’Islam […]

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Top 7 Middle East Foreign Policy Challenges in 2016 (by Juan Cole)

Top 7 Middle East Foreign Policy Challenges in 2016 (by Juan Cole)

[ 0 ] January 4, 2016 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on JANUARY 1, 2016:  My own feeling is that the US engagement with the Middle East is likely to remain so intense only for another two decades or so. As fossil fuels are replaced with renewables, the outsized role that the oil Gulf plays in world affairs will decline. […]

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The Ten Most Important Developments in Syria in 2015

The Ten Most Important Developments in Syria in 2015

[ 0 ] January 4, 2016 |

by ARON LUND for SYRIA COMMENT on JANUARY 3, 2016:  I wrote a post for Syria Comment last year listing the top events of 2014 and what to look for in 2015. So here’s another one—a very long one, in fact. It has been compiled in bits and pieces over a few weeks but was […]

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It Happened Again! Pained Reflections on Islam and Violence (by Mustafa Tuna)

[ 0 ] December 8, 2015 |

by MUSTAFA TUNA for ISLAMiCommentary on DECEMBER 8, 2015: When it happened for the first time in my life, I was in Russia doing research. It was a sunny day in September. After many hours of reading through dusty archive catalogs, I had come home tired and turned the TV on. I saw an angry-looking […]

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WATCH: Jentleson and Feaver Talk Turkey & Russia Tensions; Paris Climate Talks

[ 0 ] December 4, 2015 |

via DUKE UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE on DECEMBER 2, 2015:  With tensions rising between Turkey and Russia and the ongoing Climate talk in Paris, what role should the United States play? Peter Feaver and Bruce Jentleson debate the implications in this episode of Foreign Exchange. Foreign Exchange is produced by the Department of Political Science […]

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John McHugo on “Syria: A History of the Last Hundred Years” (Book Q & A)

John McHugo on “Syria: A History of the Last Hundred Years” (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] December 4, 2015 |

Column » ‘By the Book’ with Joseph Preville by JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE and JULIE POUCHER HARBIN  for ISLAMiCommentary on DECEMBER 4, 2015: Is there a more tragic country in the world today than Syria ?  How did it descend into chaos, conflict, and crisis? John McHugo offers some answers in Syria: A History of the Last […]

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More and More U.S. Military Power Not Answer to ISIS Threat (by David Schanzer)

More and More U.S. Military Power Not Answer to ISIS Threat (by David Schanzer)

[ 0 ] November 16, 2015 |

ISLAMiCommentary editor’s note: An earlier version of this piece, which ran on November 14, 2015, was updated and lengthened on November 16, 2015 at 4pm by David Schanzer — and published below  by DAVID SCHANZER for ISLAMiCommentary on NOVEMBER 16, 2015:  This weekend’s discussions of America’s strategy for dealing with ISIS in light of the Paris […]

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Syria Expert Joshua Landis on the U.S., Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the Potential for Peace in Syria

Syria Expert Joshua Landis on the U.S., Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the Potential for Peace in Syria

[ 0 ] November 8, 2015 |

Reports Reuters: “World and regional powers including Iran met in Vienna on Oct. 30 to discuss a political solution to Syria’s civil war. Days later, Iran threatened to pull out of the next round of talks, blaming the ‘negative role’ played by regional rival Saudi Arabia.” But now, indications are that Iran will attend the next […]

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My Entire Family in Syria Now Consists of Refugees

[ 0 ] October 23, 2015 |

by BASIL CHABALLOUT for HUFFINGTON POST on OCTOBER 22, 2015:  If you saw a crying child alone on the street, would you turn your back and walk away? We already saw one child dead on a beach. And there are now over four million Syrian refugees today living abroad without homes. These poor people are being […]

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General Abizaid: US Can’t Turn Its Back on ‘Chaos’ in the Middle East

General Abizaid: US Can’t Turn Its Back on ‘Chaos’ in the Middle East

[ 0 ] October 23, 2015 |

In Grand Strategy talk, military leader reflects back on his tenure in Middle East, assesses current situation via DUKE TODAY on OCTOBER 21, 2015:  As the Middle East descends into growing “chaos,” America’s influence is diminishing, but the former US military commander in the Middle East said Tuesday there’s no way forward toward stability in […]

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