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Gezi Park Protests: The AKP’s Battle with Turkish Society

No one could have ever imagined that a protest by a small group of environmentalists in Istanbul’s Taksim Square would lead to nationwide anti-government demonstrations in Turkey. The incident started on May 28, when a number of environmentalists gathered in Taksim Square to peacefully protest the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government’s decision...    read more 

Ajami: Islamic Attackers Hate West, But Reap Its Privileges

“We swear by the almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you until you leave us alone: We must fight them as they fight us, an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.” This was Michael Adebolajo, age 28, born in Britain to a devoted Christian family of Nigerian background. His hands covered [&hellip...    read more 

Not So Strictly Legal

As some celebrate and others decry the upcoming 10-year anniversary of the March 19, 2003 invasion of Iraq by the United States, the United Kingdom and their Coalition partners, much attention undoubtedly turns to the ongoing Chilcot Iraq Inquiry in London. It is unclear precisely when the Inquiry’s final report will be published, but it [&hellip...    read more 

The Enigma of the Syrian Nation

Much is often said about the artificiality of the modern Middle Eastern state-system, particularly Syria. Often highlighted are the region’s current “republics” as the outcome of Anglo-French colonial fancy: “contrived points on a map” in Fouad Ajami’s telling, joining together disparate peoples, fractious ethnic groups, apprehensive confessional...    read more 

Doubting the Two-State “Solution”

Ever since Israel’s victory in the Six-Day War of June 1967, the official policy of the U.S. government has been to support the so-called “two-state solution” to the Arab-Israeli conflict, by which Israel would vacate the occupied territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip so that Palestinian Arabs could establish their own state there, [&...    read more 

Parallels In More Ways Than One

Analogies in international affairs are fraught with peril, but there is no denying the parallels between the situation in Afghanistan in the months and years leading up to 9/11 and recent developments in Mali. Rebels in Mali — a loose coalition of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in [&hellip...    read more 

A Palestinian Flanking Maneuver

This week, the Palestinian faction that has been fighting Israel with rockets will likely yield to the one fighting it with lawyers at the United Nations. In the wake of Israel’s operations against the Hamas terror group in Gaza, Mahmoud Abbas-president of the Palestinian Authority, based in the West Bank-will make his second trip to [&hellip...    read more 

Another View: Hatred of Jews, Islamic imperialism central to Hamas ideology

The flare-up of violence between Israel and the Hamas state in the Gaza strip has drawn our attention again to that volatile corner of the globe. Since the Muslim Brotherhood now controls Egypt, and the rulers of Turkey and Qatar have openly embraced Hamas, the current round of violence is occurring in a whole new [&hellip...    read more 

Africa’s World War: Congo, the Rwandan Genocide, and the Making of a Continental Catastrophe

The story of war in the Congo, which began with the Rwandan genocide of 1994, has attracted much attention but little serious scholarship. Hence, the conflict is popularly understood as a chaos of child soldiers, ravaging militias, and an ungovernable country over which Joseph Kabila somehow manages to preside. Of course the complexities of the [&hellip...    read more 

The Stalemate in Turkish-Israeli Relations

Last July, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met with a group of Turkish journalists in an attempt to restore the broken Israeli-Turkish relations in the aftermath of the May 2010 flotilla incident during which nine Turkish citizens died, while dozens were injured as well as several Israeli soldiers. Some analysts in both Israel and the US [&hellip...    read more