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Egypt overthrown shakes Islamists in the region

Egypt overthrown shakes Islamists in the region

 The military's overthrow of Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood's fall from power in Egypt have sent Islamist parties around the region scrambling to preserve gains made in the Middle East and North Africa as a result of the Arab Spring uprisings. The stunning reversal has...

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The Syrian Revolution Is Not Dead

The Syrian Revolution Is Not Dead

The Syrian Revolution is not dead. It's alive and kicking but very different from the revolution of March 2011. Syrians talk about 3/2011 with fondness -- "the good old days" -- when the villagers faced government soldiers and protested with their voices and banners. They talk about the...

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Why Washington Should Welcome Iran Mediation on Syria

Why Washington Should Welcome Iran Mediation on Syria

This week marked another grim milestone in Syria’s ongoing civil war when the death toll topped 100,000. But as hopes for a peaceful resolution fade, a window of opportunity may have opened with the election of Iran’s new moderate leader, the cleric Hassan Rowhani. ...

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Inching Into Syria

Inching Into Syria

In the border towns where Syrian rebels recuperate and resupply, the buzz is that the long wait for Barack Obama may be near an end. The excitement is not the result of the White House announcement on June 13 that the United States will supply light weapons to the groups seeking to...

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Hezbollah's secret war on Syrian rebels

Hezbollah's secret war on Syrian rebels

The other night I spoke to Alaa al-Sheikh, the Free Syrian Army’s Khaled Bin Waleed Brigade in Rastan, a city that’s home about 25,000 people and lies on the main Damascus-Aleppo highway in the province of Homs. Over the last several months, Rastan has become the frontline in the war...

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Study: Hezbollah is it a Lebanese nationalist organization, or a group more interested in protecting Shiite interests

Study: Hezbollah is it a Lebanese nationalist organization, or a group more interested in protecting Shiite interests

Hezbollah is a Shiite Muslim political group in Lebanon with a militant wing the United States defines as a terrorist organization. With significant support from Iran and Syria, Hezbollah maintains an extensive security apparatus, political organization, and social services network in Lebanon,...

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 New book reveals how KGB operation seeded Muslim countries with anti-American, anti-Jewish propaganda during the 1970s, laying the groundwork for Islamist terrorism against U.S. and Israel

New book reveals how KGB operation seeded Muslim countries with anti-American, anti-Jewish propaganda during the 1970s, laying the groundwork for Islamist terrorism against U.S. and Israel

The highest-ranking Soviet-bloc intelligence officer ever to defect to the West claims in a new book that anti-American Islamic terrorism had its roots in a secret 1970s-era KGB plot to harm but the United States and Israel by seeding Muslim countries with carefully targeted propaganda. Yuri...

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Stumbling Into Syria

Stumbling Into Syria

When historians look back on the American path to war in Syria, two comments by President Obama will stand out. The first was his statement—repeated as a sort of sideline cheer for the Arab Spring—that “Assad must go.” This was a diplomatic error that could not be walked back: it...

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The crowning of the Syrian Islamic Front

The crowning of the Syrian Islamic Front

Hezbollah's victory in Syria in the Battle of Qusair was a wake up call for many pro-Islamist actors in the Arab world. In response, Qatar -- through  Yusef al-Qaradawi  and Al Jazeera as well as key Egyptian Islamic  leaders  -- has gone on the offensive. These players have...

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What Is Obama REALLY Doing in Syria?

What Is Obama REALLY Doing in Syria?

I'm in Oslo to give a seminar and a public lecture at the Norwegian Institute for Defense Studies, and I'm looking forward to hearing how world politics looks from a Nordic perspective. I haven't been to Norway since 2009, when my visit coincided with the Norwegian Nobel Committee's surprising...

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Democratic Senator: Obama Has ‘No Articulated Strategy' on Syria

Democratic Senator: Obama Has ‘No Articulated Strategy' on Syria

Frustrated by the  muddle that is  U.S. policy in Syria, a growing cadre of hawkish Democrats are putting pressure on the White House to finally outline to the public and to Congress its objectives in the protracted 2 ½ year civil war. The latest and perhaps most outspoken Democrat...

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You were wrong to support Hezbollah

You were wrong to support Hezbollah

Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem, Qatar’s prime minister and foreign affairs minister, is not the only one who said: We supported Hezbollah when it fought Israel but we are now against it because it’s fighting the Syrian people. Many are today justifying their past stances using this same excuse....

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America’s isolated stance on Syria

America’s isolated stance on Syria

American President Barack Obama’s  decision to provide the Syrian opposition with light arms and ammunition  is not considered a significant shift. It’s certainly not a strategic move either, but a limited tactical one that does not live up to the level of military escalation...

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Arab public is particularly supportive of the Syrian Revolution: 77% supported the departure of Assad

Arab public is particularly supportive of the Syrian Revolution: 77% supported the departure of Assad

On Monday, June 10, 2013, the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies announced the 2012/2013 Arab Opinion Index main findings. Conducted annually by the ACRPS, the Arab Opinion Index aims to offer information on Arab public opinion with respect to economic, social and...

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Global peace index 2013: the full list

Global peace index 2013: the full list

  The Global Peace Index for 2013 shows how world peace has changed over time - unsurprisingly, the violent conflict in Syria has had a big impact on the findings The world has become a less peaceful place according to the Institute for Economics and Peace. In their annual report, the...

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We Never Learn: Syrian Lessons from Bosnia

We Never Learn: Syrian Lessons from Bosnia

Srebrenica, 26 May 2013. I am staring at almost eight thousand tombstones. Males between twelve and eighty years old have been massacred because they believed in the wrong God. It all happened in a few days. We all know the story of Srebrenica, but when you stand in the middle of the graveyard,...

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US finds Sunni-Shia rift difficult to navigate

US finds Sunni-Shia rift difficult to navigate

A decade after the   United States ’ invasion of Iraq ignited a season of deadly bloodletting between Sunni and Shia Muslims, this ancient divide in Islam is deepening throughout the   Middle East , aggravating political and ethnic tensions, inflaming emotions and...

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Obama thinks he can solve the world’s most intractable conflicts. What if he’s wrong?

Obama thinks he can solve the world’s most intractable conflicts. What if he’s wrong?

Now that President Barack Obama has decided that the war on terror has entered a new phase, he plans to devote a greater effort -- in the immortal words of John Lennon -- to giving peace a chance. That shift is already underway. The indefatigable John Kerry seems to be engaged...

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