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Simplistic “With Us or Against Us” World View Quashed by the Arab Spring

The Arab revolutions have challenged many conceptions about change in the Arab world. They have also challenged perspectives regarding several key players in the region, including Al Qaeda and other

The Struggle for Middle East Democracy

It always seemed as if Arab countries were ‘on the brink.’ It turns out that they were. And those who assured us that Arab autocracies would last for decades, if

Stop Qaddafi

The Arab League has just formally proposed a resolution at the UN Security Council to create a no-fly zone over Libya.

When Pro-Western Regimes Fall: What Should the U.S. Do?

One month ago, Tunisia seemed quiet, stable. Quiet and stable is generally what Western governments like to see in the Middle East. But Tunisia may be on the brink of

Obama Should Read WikiLeaks Docs

While US presidents and European leaders have long viewed Afghanistan as a strategic square on the global chessboard, Pakistan sees its Afghan neighbour in the context of a fierce regional

Is President Obama Weak in the Eyes of Arab Leaders?

Neoconservatives are likely to be wrong on any number of issues. But there is one critique of theirs that, somewhat to my dismay, has struck me as more compelling than

Not Just Islamophobia

Dubbed an ‘anti-Muslim bigot’ Frank Gaffney alleges that the Muslim Brotherhood is running an influence operation in Washington, D.C. by accusing Muslim Republican Suhail Khan – about whom Gaffney has

The Obama administration’s double standards

Lawrence Davidson views a prime case of US double standards: the failure of the Obama administration to prosecute prominent US Republicans for lending support to an Iranian group that is

Why Britain must rip up US extradition treaty

Yvonne Ridley considers the appalling state of the USA’s penal institutions and judicial system, where “the accused are often judged by the colour of their skin, religion and class”, and

US efforts to reform Egypt’s military fall on deaf ears

An article in Newsweek highlights that a recently leaked diplomatic cable reveals that Egypt , America ’s most loyal Arab ally is tenaciously resisting U.S. pleas to reform its military