middle east conflict
The stabbings have in common with the popular Arab revolts that they emanate from an amorphous, leaderless whole. They fit
By ending the $3 billion in yearly US aid to Israel and launching an open-ended dialogue regarding other possibilities for peace beyond the failed "peace process," Obama could make a lasting legacy in this tiny corner of the world where too many others have failed.
To say that religion is divisive is to attempt no analysis of the problems at hand. It is to stop at the surface making no effort to dig deeper for the underlying problems seething underneath.
For U.S. policymakers who seek to advance more sensible U.S. policies in the region, understanding Iran's positions is critical. Relying on delusions about Iranian policies and aims, as well as about American ones, is not only ineffective, but wholly counterproductive.
A three-minute video, posted by a Saudi government-backed organization to YouTube on June 4, has garnered 150,000 views in 48 hours and sparked a discussion in the kingdom about how to stem sectarian conflict.
In the early 1990s, Israeli and Palestinian leaders began sparring over rumored natural gas deposits in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Gaza. In the ensuing decades it has grown, and has already inflicted mind-boggling misery.
The Obama administration had better rank its national security interests and rank them quickly.
In a larger strategic context, our two regions are connected through U.S. global strategy. America's rebalance to East Asia cannot be divorced from events in the Middle East, as they could affect the available strategic assets in East Asia.
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The signs of this impending "madness" have been out there -- "hiding" in the open, as it were -- for the last 25 years.