The Five Most Common Middle East Conspiracy Theories

by Reese Erlich I speak about the Middle East to people of various political persuasions around the US, from leftist college students to conservatives on AM radio talk shows. Most Americans are wary of further US military intervention in the… Continue Reading  

Congress’ DIY Approach to Saudi Arabia

by Diana Ohlbaum If there were a “basket of deplorables” for foreign countries, Saudi Arabia would surely be in it. The Saudi government holds one of the world’s worst records on religious freedom and women’s rights, and harbors one of… Continue Reading  

What Have We Learned About Combating Terrorism after 9/11?

by Emile Nakhleh As our country commemorates the fifteenth anniversary of the horrendous terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, let’s identify some important lessons and learn from them. Otherwise, as Osama bin Ladin predicted nearly two decades ago, the nation would be… Continue Reading  

The Legacy of 9/11, 15 Years Later

by Paul R. Pillar In thinking about the significance and consequences, a decade and a half later, of the terrorist attacks known as 9/11, it is best to begin with what the attacks did not mean—despite what voluminous commentary ever… Continue Reading  

Washington’s 15-Year Air War

by Tom Engelhardt On the morning of September 11, 2001, al-Qaeda launched its four-plane air force against the United States. On board were its precision weapons: 19 suicidal hijackers. One of those planes, thanks to the resistance of its passengers,… Continue Reading