Time For Greater International Focus on Libya


by Wayne White Instability and danger drove the international community to leave Libya to its own devices back in 2012, but Libya’s internal woes have only worsened. NATO and its regional allies hoped spillover from Libyan strife could be kept to… Continue Reading  

Drone Strikes on the Decline?


by Tyler Cullis The Bureau of Investigative Journalism reports that January was the first month without a U.S. drone strike in the Pakistani tribal areas since 2011. The Washington Post argues that this is the result of a request from Pakistan’s government after ongoing… Continue Reading  

Egypt’s Revolution Flounders As Sisi Eyes Presidency


by Emile Nakhleh Abdul Fattah al-Sisi is set to run for president and is expected to win handily. The ruling junta and the interim government have taken several steps to make this happen. Interim President Adly Mansour recently promoted Sisi… Continue Reading  

Zarif Messages to the US on Syria in Munich


by Farideh Farhi The meeting between Javad Zarif and John Kerry on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference on Feb. 2 was reportedly mostly focused on nuclear negotiations. But this didn’t prevent a “senior US official” from telling reporters… Continue Reading  

SodaStream Super Bowl Ad Obscures More Important Economic Pressure On Israel


by Mitchell Plitnick When I watched the Super Bowl on Sunday, I tried to avoid the unpleasant experience of also watching Scarlett Johansson’s shameful ad for SodaStream, but failed. That controversy has been boiling for the past week, and while… Continue Reading