The ISIS Tumor

The consequences of former US President George W. Bush’s war on terror may be responsible somehow, albeit not directly, for the emergence of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). It may be an exaggeration to say that more

When Crises Compete

It may just be a coincidence that the world is witnessing all these transformations—with the maps of entire regions likely to be redrawn and entities disintegrating—in the same year that happens to mark the 100 anniversary of the start of more

Moscow and Washington, Then and Now

We have learned from the West that “it takes two to tango.” To the best of my knowledge, US President Barack Obama knows how to do the tango, a dance based on synchronizing steps with and understanding one’s partner. However, more

The U.S. is slouching from Syria to Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin is the product of the harsh geopolitical reality of Russia in the post-Soviet era, a country in political and strategic retreat in the vast Eurasian theatre. He is also the faithful son of Russia’s tormented history more

Five ways to kill a Syrian

When Edwin Brock wrote his famous poem, ‘Five Ways to Kill a Man’, seen as one of the best-known poems of the last century, his aim was not to amuse his readers using a catchy title but to sarcastically, dispassionately more

Syrian refugees in Lebanon and the British role

As British politicians debated the relative merits of taking in Syrian refugees, I was accompanying two members of Parliament around Syrian refugee communities in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. It was an agonising exposure to the Syrian disaster, to why more

Why are they fighting the world, from Syria to Burma?

In Saudi Arabia, and some other regional countries, there has been an intellectual, political and security campaign targeting violent extremist groups for at least 10 years now. Despite efforts, these groups are increasing in number. Al-Qaeda, as a concept, an more

Europe could feel the backlash from jihadist conflicts

This week Britain's House of Commons was told that a terrorist attack in Europe by jihadist fighters returning from Syria is "almost inevitable but may not happen for some time". The warning came from a leading terrorism expert and author on more

Syria has become Iran’s Vietnam

As if the Iran nuclear issue was not already difficult enough, it became even more complicated when Bashar al-Assad unleashed his chemical weapons across Damascus suburbs last month. Suddenly, the Syria issue is overshadowing all other factors concerning Iran. The Obama more

In Syria, Arabs should go it alone

The Saudi rejection of the U.N. Security Council seat and its open criticism of the U.S. policy on Syria it considers inconsistent and uncaring, are surprising but necessary and urgent. A late response, weak in its timing and posturing, but more

Inviting Iran to Geneva II, a good idea?

Though the Friends of Syria, a group of 11 Middle Eastern and Western countries, met in London this week to chart out a way to end the bloodshed and violence of the civil war, other significant developments occurred to highlight more

Syrian Displacement: Neither Peoples Nor Causes

When the Nakba occurred in Palestine in 1948, and hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled to neighboring countries, most of the host peoples and countries received them in two ways: On the one hand, pledging ad nauseam to liberate Palestine more

Tripoli Replaces Al-Qalamoun, And Geneva 2 As Well!

United Nations Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi is inclined to request the postponement of Geneva 2 until the beginning of the New Year. A while ago, he wanted to abandon his mission – as done early on by his predecessor Kofi Annan more

Oil In A Week – The Syrian Conflict, Energy, And The Interests Of Countries

Wars are often accompanied by the spread of false news and claims repeated without verifying their source or authenticity. But as they are repeated again and again, they become facts that are hard to question.   Several factors overlapped in the Syrian more

Anti-War in Form, Pro-War in Essence

It's a cry being heard in the streets of the United Kingdom and the United States as President Barack Obama gears up to launch airstrikes on the regime of Bashar al-Assad, but it is a curious more

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