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A Humiliated Arab World Turns to Islamism

During the 1950s and 60s, Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser guided and shaped Arab public opinion. Nasser emerged as the undisputed leader of the Arab world by championing pan-Arabism — a secular ideology that advocated Arab unity and freedom from Western influence. It also championed the liberation of Palestine, a euphemism for the creation of a Pa...    read more 

Islam, Semantic Racketeering and Western Decadence

Muslims may be innocent of the abandon with which violence is being perpetrated in their name. But Islam itself, and both its Muslim and non-Muslim apologists, are beyond guilty; they are complicit. Yet, sparing Islam the hardships of scrutiny and judgment and reevaluation seems to be a new norm of propriety; a modern form of appeasement; a twenty-first cent...    read more 

Did Fears Surrounding the Iran Deal Really Come True?

When the Iranian Nuclear Deal was signed two years ago, critics of the Deal had several concerns about it. This was especially true in Washington and Israel, where opponents voiced concerns that the deal was a catastrophe. But two years in, it is time to judge whether the Iran Deal was a good idea and what its future implications are...    read more 

Nasser’s Legacy on the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 War

Cairo was the political capital of the Middle East in the 1950s and 1960s. Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser was the most charismatic ruler in the region, and he tried to become the undisputed leader of the Arab world. In his 1954 memoir, The Philosophy of the Revolution, Nasser revealed his vision of Egypt as a unique geostrategic influence in the Afric...    read more 

How the Six-Day War became the Soviet-Israeli War

Just before the recent U.S. election, the late Russian UN ambassador, Vitaly Churkin, opined that “the general situation” between the two powers was “the worst since 1973.” As then, the direct trigger was Middle Eastern. In 2016 it was “serious differences over Syria,” where post-Soviet Russia launched a ruthless military intervention; in...    read more 

Iran Needs Foreign Investment. But They’re Not Making It Easy.

After Iran’s nuclear agreement, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with six world powers (China, France, Germany, Russia, the United States and the United Kingdom), many outside businesses are enthusiastic to enter the Iranian market. Meanwhile, to boost Iran’s collapsed economy, the country’s moderate forces—a coalition of progressive politician...    read more 

Eliminating the Iran Deal is Counterproductive for Trump

Observers are particularly puzzled over whether President Donald Trump will seek to alter or eliminate the nuclear pact with Iran, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Indeed, Trump expressed some very strong reservations about the Deal and, on occasion, promised to scrap it entirely. That said, Trump has had a history of making ambiguous [&hellip...    read more 

Appeasing Iran will only give it more room for maneuver

Ehud Barak, Israel’s Prime Minister from 1999 to 2001, believed his country’s Arab adversaries would be more afraid if Tel Aviv behaved in an unpredictable way. As long as Israel was predictable, Barak’s thinking went, outrageous acts of terrorism would continue to be inevitable. Known as “the landlord went crazy,” the strategy was employed by...    read more 

If Trump overrules nuclear deal, Iran may turn to ISIS

President-elect Donald Trump seems likely to introduce a sea change in American foreign policy. Short on specifics, he is, for one, widely expected to discontinue the Iran policy of the Obama administration. Trump has made known his dislike for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and some of his picks share this view. Mike Pompeo, the presumpti...    read more 

Why the Resilience of Islamist Militants Will Threaten Security Across Africa in 2017

On December 23 the Nigerian army achieved a significant milestone in its long war against Boko Haram, capturing what was described as the Islamist militant group’s last stronghold in the remote Sambisa Forest in the country’s northeast near the border with Cameroon. On Christmas Eve, President Muhammadu Buhari triumphantly tweeted that it was the “fina...    read more