Middle East

by / on March 19, 2014 at 4:44 pm / in Aman Navani, Asia, Middle East, Web Columnists, World

Pakistan’s Identity Crisis

If Sharif can clearly and effectively articulate to his people the brutality entailed by a Taliban regime, he can reduce the terrorist group’s popular support. Only then will he able to subdue the military and to take on the Taliban at the negotiating table.

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by / on February 25, 2014 at 1:12 pm / in Eliot Sackler, Middle East, Web Columnists, World

Assad’s Quiet Allies: Christians

Christians and Muslims may pray to the same God, but can this God protect both peoples? Jordan’s Christians hope they never have to find out.

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by / on February 22, 2014 at 6:59 pm / in Middle East, Web Columnists, World, Zubair Akram

Afghanistan’s Terrible Trajectory

“Afghanistan has been in a state of war since 1979. Outside powers have inflicted great chaos in an already lawless territory. Tribes have exploited gains with both anti-Taliban and Taliban forces. But I am fully assured that Afghanistan’s future has to rest with the Afghani people themselves.”

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by / on February 17, 2014 at 9:18 pm / in Ben Rimland, Middle East, Web Columnists, World

The (invisible) Red Line

There remains, however, a single and constant truth in the conflict; the West—in particular, the United States—has suffered one of the most dire strategic losses in its foreign policy over the past thirty years.

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by / on February 9, 2014 at 5:10 pm / in Middle East, Uncategorized, Web Columnists, World, Zubair Akram

The Islamic State of Iraq and Levant

These powerful developments emanating from the Middle East demonstrate a region constantly disturbed by sectional interests and polarizing ideologies. Is there a solution?

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by / on February 4, 2014 at 11:59 am / in Eliot Sackler, Middle East, Web Columnists, World

Jordanians Count their Blessings

The face of Walid al- Moallem, Syria’s foreign minister, appears on television: “Syria always keeps its promises,” he says to Ban Ki-moon. The scene cuts out, and immediately cuts back into an image of Syrian warplanes raining hellfire down upon the Syria landscape. Explosions, smoke, and misery ensue.

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by / on January 5, 2014 at 11:01 am / in Middle East, Winter 2013, World

The Grain Drain

by In 2011, a protester in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, was photographed with a bagel and two hot dog buns taped to his head. His “bread helmet” became a misunderstood symbol of the Egyptian revolution, with news feeds on social media platforms becoming flooded with jokes about the doubtful protection it provided, Yet this undermined its real significance. Between 2007 and […]

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by / on November 18, 2013 at 6:47 pm / in Middle East, Opinion, World, World

The Arab World in Historical Perspective

Ideas and ideologies carry large weight, especially if one takes the Arab world in political context. As citizens of the twenty first century, we often overlook the cause of the Arab region’s political distress and tension that seems to be so ubiquitous.

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by / on October 3, 2013 at 11:20 pm / in Middle East, Web Columnists, World

An American Revolution: The US and Iran may come to consensus

The United States needs a new perspective toward the Middle East. President Rohani gave a powerful sign that currents in Iranian politics could enable some degree of mutually agreeable negotiations with the United States. It is now time for the United States to break itself free from the mindset that has limited American foreign policy for the better part of the past two decades.

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by / on September 28, 2013 at 12:34 pm / in Middle East, Opinion, World

Chasing Daisies

In the end, Syria will only be able to move on once Assad is gone. Most opposition fighters, extremist or moderate, refuse to consider a future in which Assad rules any part of Syria. Simply put: as long as Assad survives, war will persist. And as long as war persists, extremism will spread.

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