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Middle East



  • Understand the news with this brief history of Iran

    by Ali M Ansari

    From the US assassination of Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani to the ongoing case of the jailed mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, Iran has scarcely been out of the headlines in recent months. But how far back does the history of Iran stretch?


  • 2020 Will Be More Turbulent Than 2019, Unless…

    by Alon Ben-Meir

    The year 2020 will most likely be as turbulent if not more so than 2019 due mainly to the lack of American leadership and the rush of other powers, especially Russia, China, and to a lesser extent Turkey and Iran, to fill the vacuum the US is leaving behind.


  • Coexistence and Sectarianism in the Modern Arab World

    by Ussama Makdisi

    In the case of the Middle East, the need to demythologize communities and their ideological underpinnings needs to go hand in hand with evoking a dynamic history of coexistence that transcends communalism. 


  • We Must Not Grow Numb To The Yazidi Genocide

    by Alon Ben-Meir

    The international community cannot grow numb to genocide, as this will continue to haunt us only with greater force. The Yazidis have paid the ultimate price, and no other ethnic group should be subjected to the same fate by any perpetrator with impunity, and with apathy from the international community.


  • The Greatest Danger in the Kurdish Crisis

    by Zaman Stanizai

    If the heavy-handedness of the Turkish military is any indication, Erdogan seems to be bent on the ethnic cleansing and relocation of Kurds in northern Syria and resettling their lands along the Turkish border with Arab Syrian refugees currently residing in Turkey.


  • An Act of Betrayal and Infamy

    by Alon Ben-Meir

    To think that the President would sell America’s interests and abandon its allies for the sake of personal financial gain is not merely outrageous but criminal. 


  • The Middle East: Must We Fight Forever?

    by Harlow Giles Unger

    Almost 235 years have elapsed since John Adams warned against America’s first military involvement in the Arab world. The United States today seems well on the way to fulfilling Adams’s prophecy that we will “fight them forever.”



  • The Only Way to End ‘Endless War’

    by Stephen Wertheim

    To get serious about stopping endless war, American leaders must do what they most resist: end America’s commitment to armed supremacy and embrace a world of pluralism and peace.