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Iraq on the Brink

Published on June 23rd, 2014 | by Emile Nakhleh

by Emile Nakhleh Much blame could go around regarding the current chaos in Iraq and the recent territorial gains of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Four contributing factors stand out: The 2003 decision ... Read More



Fear of a Decrease in Fear of Iran

Published on June 22nd, 2014 | by Guest

by Paul Pillar* Many participants in debate on U.S. policy in the Middle East have a lot invested in maintaining the idea of the Islamic Republic of Iran as a bogeyman forever to be feared, despised, ... Read More



The Politics of Participation in Iran

Published on June 20th, 2014 | by Shervin Malekzadeh

by Shervin Malekzadeh Millions of Iranians will gather in the coming days to watch their country take on the world in something other than politics. Against the odds, against Argentina, and after a long, eight-year absence, Iran’s participation ... Read More



What Iran Wants in Iraq and Why

Published on June 20th, 2014 | by Shireen Hunter

by Shireen T. Hunter For some time, the problems of Iraq and indeed of all of the Middle East have been blamed on Iran for its interference and meddling, especially for exporting its ideology and attempting ... Read More



Obama Wary of Maliki, But Conceding Too Much Support

Published on June 19th, 2014 | by Wayne White

by Wayne White President Barack Obama’s news conference today showed some well-placed White House caution against acting in ways that would support more substantially Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s sectarian agenda in Iraq. Hopefully, Obama’s repeated implicit ... Read More


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Israel: The Silent Stakeholder in Northern Iraq

Published on June 19th, 2014 | by Marsha B. Cohen

by Marsha B. Cohen One of the more remarkable aspects of the recent news coverage of Iraq — the Maliki government’s loss of control over the northern region of the country, the deadly confrontations taking place between Iraqi Shia ... Read More


A Boko Haram bomb attack in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, on Apr. 14, 2014, claimed 75 lives. Credit: Ayo Bello

Nigerian Terrorism: Causes and Solutions

Published on June 18th, 2014 | by Emile Nakhleh

by Emile Nakhleh Boko Haram’s recent kidnapping of schoolgirls in northern Nigeria has focused the world’s attention on Islamic radicalism and terrorism in West Africa and the Sahel countries. Although the growing terrorist threat in Iraq ... Read More

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