Myth-Making and Obama’s UNGA Speech


by Mitchell Plitnick Once again, in his speech Wednesday at the United Nations, President Obama revealed the reduced importance of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on his agenda. He also revealed just how out of touch his entire country is with respect to reality.… Continue Reading  

Maliki’s Folly: Empowering Iraqi Extremists

by Wayne White The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) has stunned Baghdad by overrunning most of Iraq’s second largest city in the north, Mosul. Yet, the Sunni Arab extremist group — in its zeal for a quick victory —… Continue Reading  

The UAE’s Preservation of the Status Quo


by Daniel Wagner, Giorgio Cafiero, and Sufyan bin Uzayr* Since the revolutions that swept across the Middle East in 2011, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government has arrested dozens of Emirati and Egyptian nationals allegedly linked to the Muslim Brotherhood… Continue Reading  

The Saga of Iraqi Electoral Disappointment


by Wayne White Since 2005, Iraqis have voted in four parliamentary elections yearning for decisive positive change. In three of those elections, popular hope for more effective governance and a decline in violence were dashed with governments consumed by their… Continue Reading