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Tehran and Obama's Reelection

The formal end of the U.S. war in Iraq on Dec. 15 enhances neighboring Iran as a major, unpredictable factor in the U.S. presidential election of 2012. Presidents Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama could share an Iranian challenge to their

Cyprus On The World Stage

Cyprus, an island of roughly 1.3 million inhabitants near Turkey and Syria, finds itself on the cusp of momentous change, with great opportunities and dangers. It belatedly makes a grand debut on the world stage after domestic Greek-Turkish communal issues

Assessing Qaddafi

On September 1, Mu’ammar al-Qadhdhafi (the proper transliteration of his name) would have been ruler of Libya for exactly 42 years, making him the world’s longest ruling head of state. As he leaves the scene, his wretched reign deserves an

White House Mischief

The White House engaged in two puerile and quickly-exposed gambits last week that exposed the Obama administration’s amateurish and deceitful Middle East-Islamic policies in a painfully obvious manner. The first case concerned the thorny issue of Jerusalem’s legal status in

Another Islamist Soldier Turns Terrorist In Texas

U.S. Army Private First Class Nasser Jason Abdo, 21, first made the news last August when, arguing that his Islamic faith contradicts serving in the American military, he filed for conscientious objector (C.O.) status. Referring to current American wars in

Middle East Studies In Upheaval

The troubled academic study of the Middle East and Islam by Americans is changing in fundamental ways. I offer some thoughts based on 42 years of personal observation: From Western offence to Islamic offence: Muslim relations with Christians divide into

The Emptying Of Yemen

For the first time in its exceedingly long history, Yemen now threatens the outside world. It does so in two principal ways. First, even before the current political upheaval began there on January 15, violence out of Yemen already impinged

Iraq – A Province of Iran?

After American forces leave Iraq at the end of 2011, Tehran will try to turn its neighbor into a satrapy (i.e., a province, a satellite state) to the great detriment of Western, moderate Arab, and Israeli interests. Intense Iranian efforts

Thoughts on the Killing of Osama bin Laden

Osama Bin Laden was just a part of Al-Qaeda which is just a part of the Islamic terrorist effort which is just a part of the Islamist movement, so the announcement of his death tonight by the U.S. government makes

Understanding Post-Mubarak Egypt

As Egypt lurches into a new era, a look at its complexities and subtleties helps to understand the country’s likely course. Some thoughts on key issues: The spirit of Tahrir Square is real and alive but exceedingly remote from the

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