Category: Middle East

Don’t Get Fooled Again: The Triumphs and Pitfalls of State Secularization in Turkey

by GABRIEL DAVIS Part I: Destabilizing the Old Narrative We’ll be fighting in the street With our children at our feet And the morals that they worship will be gone And the men who spurred us on Sit in judgment of all wrong They decide and the shotgun sings the song I’ll tip my hat ...

Chickenshit-Gate Revisited: The Obama Administration’s Open Frustration with Netanyahu’s Risk-Averse Policies

by OLIVIA LIN After decades of a special relationship between the United States and Israel, maintained primarily by stable foreign aid and political support, the White House has begun to voice frustration over Israel’s lack of cooperation and action. In October of last year, the White House’s passive-aggressive attitude towards a recalcitrant Netanyahu came to ...

Deradicalization in Pakistan

by MOHAMMAD TAIMUR ALI AHMAD The attack on Army Public School (APS) Peshawar and the subsequent chain of events exposed a great deal about Pakistan’s counterterrorism policy. The sheer brutality of the act shook the masses and led them to come out on the streets in protest, while the audacity and success of the terrorists ...

Making the US a True Partner

MATTHEW SCHWEITZER -- The complexity of the Arab-Israeli environment demands that the US accepts a role as a cooperative member of an international community seeking equitable peace, not as the sole leader. Originally published at The Risky Shift, where Mr. Schweitzer is a contributing author.  The United States’ role in the Arab-Israeli conflict has been the ...

Iranian History Lesson

ABBAS MILANI – Iranian leaders today are learning all the wrong lessons from the Shah’s demise.  Reprinted with permission from the Post-War Watch You believe that the fall of the Shah in 1979 was a crucial event in the region. How exactly did the Shah’s collapse change and affect the Middle East, from the wars ...

Syria and the Obama Doctrine

JONATHAN GODOY -- The Syrian civil war has also put the Middle East and its geo-politics in something of a precarious position. For over a year and a half, Syria has been engaged in a bloody and unceasingly violent civil war. Beginning on the onset of the Arab Spring, the civil war has brought an ...