Inauspicious Anniversaries and Lessons Unlearned

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by Emile Nakhleh This year, American policymakers and regimes across the Middle East face three inauspicious anniversaries, which continue to bedevil this country and the region. In the seventeen years since 9/11, the fifteen years since the invasion of Iraq,… Continue Reading  

The Islamic State and Arab Muslim Regimes: Time for Another Look

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by Emile Nakhleh The Islamic State (ISIS or IS) has claimed that the French-Tunisian truck driver who plowed into crowds celebrating Bastille Day in Nice killing nearly 100 people and injuring over 200 as one of their “soldiers.” The West… Continue Reading  

Countering Violent Extremism: Palliative or Cure?

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by Diana Ohlbaum As violence continues to escalate across the Middle East, one thing ought to be clear: the problem of terrorism cannot be solved militarily. It’s not just peaceniks who say this. Retired General James Conway and Retired Admiral… Continue Reading  

Life in the Gray Zone

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by John Feffer In the 13th century, the Italian town of Lucera was a Muslim island in a sea of Christendom. Here Frederick II, the head of the Holy Roman Empire, established his own shadow cabinet of scholars and advisors… Continue Reading