Qatar’s 2022 World Cup Moves into the Firing Line

By James M. Dorsey A French investigation into possible corruption in business deals related to Qatar’s winning of World Cup hosting rights moved the 2022 tournament a step closer to becoming enmeshed in the two- month-old Gulf crisis. Taken together with the… Continue Reading  

Muslim Radicalization in Europe: Roots and Resolution

by Shireen Hunter The November 13 bombings in Paris by a number of Muslim radicals suspected of having links to the Islamic State (ISIS or IS) has once again focused attention on the challenge posed to the security of many… Continue Reading  

The War Over Blasphemy

by Maikel Nabil Sanad Two weeks ago, Iceland abolished its 75-year-old blasphemy law. The parliament’s decision was a victory for the unconventional Pirate Party, which made the call to abolish the blasphemy law in Iceland after the Charlie Hebdo terrorist… Continue Reading  

UPDATED: No Deal Yet Over Iran’s Nuclear Program

by Jasmin Ramsey *This post has been updated to reflect the conclusion of the Nov 7-10 talks over Iran’s nuclear program in Geneva, Switzerland. Geneva — Despite rising hopes set by an unexpected turn of events, negotiations here between Iran and… Continue Reading  

Lynch: the ‘ongoing poverty of Iran hawks’ analysis’

Foreign Policy‘s Marc Lynch has been all over the hawks’ cries for war with Iran, which they’ve based on a couple leaked cables of dictatorial Arabs wanting military action (or talking tough about it, at least). As more and more… Continue Reading