Reuters photo By Binoy Kampmark Security measures are often exercises in futility. Resembling placebos, they are the reassurance authorities make as acts of intrusive inconvenience. Queues are increased at airports in the vain hope that an elusive gel carrier will be nabbed before the next detonating device is activated on a flight. Shoes are […]
Posts Tagged ‘Middle East’
By Cynthia M. Lardner A Conversation with Jamie Shea, NATO’s Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges
James Stone By David Adejumo The value of history to Nation building
Mohammed Jalil/EPA By Ricardo Swire The Western Hemisphere is part of the globe that includes North and South America, accompanying islands and surrounding waters. The US State Department’s 2015 report stated South America and the Caribbean serve as areas of financial and ideological support for the Islamic State (IS), in addition to other Middle […]
By Sami Jamil Jadallah With the rising anger toward Turkey in the Arab world, perhaps I am one of the few who truly believes in the Turkish Miracle under the leadership of then President Abdullah Gul and now President Recep Erdogan and the Turkish Justice and Development Party (AKP).
Antonio Parrinello/Reuters By Umberto Bacchi After a year of record humanitarian needs, 2017 looks set to be even more challenging for aid agencies as they brace for the fallout from protracted conflicts and other escalating crises.
Nicole Tung By Tom Arms It looks as if the fighting in Iraq and Syria will draw to a close in 2017. We won and lost.
Darren Ornitz/Reuters By Lesley Wroughton and Yeganeh Torbati U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday said Israel’s building of settlements on occupied land was jeopardizing Middle East peace, voicing unusually frank frustration with America’s longtime ally weeks before he is due to leave office.
Negar Mortazavi By Tom Arms It has been a good year for journalists. I have never known better. There has been an endless march of upsets, twists, turns, worries, cheers, jeers, doom, gloom and unadulterated surprised joy.
AFP photo By Siddhartha Rastogi In Politics you don’t have friends or foes, you have only Opportunity! Opportunity!! & Opportunity!!!
By Tom Arms It’s official. The winner of the US presidential elections is Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin. I hear you. Putin’s name was nowhere near the ballot papers. It was Clinton versus Trump and a few also rans.
Reuters photo By Shahper Hassan Religion had been put aside by the despotic rulers in Arab countries where we have witnessed the uprising, fighting and bloodshed which continues to this day.
By Cynthia M. Lardner It’s a deeply foreboding feeling knowing that world global stability and security are rapidly devolving. Even before the uncanny election of Donald Trump and his unpredictability as the presumed President-Elect, world leaders were already concerned about increased isolationism, a tipping of the economic scale from the West to the East, innumerable […]
AFP photo By Cynthia M. Lardner Many different radicalized extremist groups operate in Afghanistan, including the Afghan Taliban, Al-Qaeda, and ISIS. While ISIS and the Taliban share an ultraconservative interpretation of Islam with the avowed purpose of advancing radicalized Islam, the difference stops there. Whereas ISIS and al-Qaeda have adopted a global jihad against […]
AFP photo By Nehad Ismail Jordan has survived some tough times in the last five years. It has stoically endured the stresses and strains of regional upheavals and wars despite the opinion of a number of prominent commentators who warned that the country might easily be swept away in the wake of the Arab […]
Rodi Said/Reuters By Tom Arms The figures are staggering. 65.3 million are currently forcibly displaced from their homes. Half of them are children. That figure from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is the highest since records began and has doubled over the past ten years.
Alaa Al-Faqir/Reuters By Angus McDowall and Tom Perry Government troops and insurgents fought in several parts of Syria on Sunday, apparently seeking to strengthen their positions on the eve of a ceasefire that Free Syrian Army rebels said they would observe but with major reservations.
Morteza Nikoubazl/Reuters By Dr. Fadi Elhusseini The Middle East continues to be of major geostrategic importance. Global powers found, in recent developments, an opportunity to chart their way into the region; sending troops and reinforcements, rebuilding alliances and restoring old relations. Amidst this chaotic environment, a number of regional forces opted to adopt a different […]
Reuters photo By Tom Arms What is Erdogan up to? Whatever it is, it has Putin turning cartwheels through the Kremlin corridors.
AFP photo By Grégory Wilson On July 15, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan became the first president in Turkey’s modern history to still be in power after a military coup.
Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP By Vickie Zisman Rational thinking is good. Western civilization has been hard-wired from almost the cradle of its conscious existence (Aristotle?) that logic and facts are the sole base for correct decision making in life. Even monotheistic religions like Judaism (which is a very practical earthly day to day codex of […]
Reuters photo By Sami Jamil Jadallah Away from politics for a few minutes. Immediately after Yasser Arafat signed the Oslo Accord with its lucrative contract to manage the Israeli Occupation, there was much excitement among Israeli and Arab capitalists, even among politicians like Shimon Peres, who were dreaming of combining Arab Money with Israeli […]
Aris Messinis By Zeravan Barwary Syria has become a headache for Ankara as an aftermath of its official support for the Syrian opposition.
By Dr. Fadi Elhusseini In a fractious, unstable region rife with conflicts, one country appears to be unscathed. It is telling that Oman emerged not only intact from the ramifications of the Arab Spring, but also shied away from the tense polarisation that has hijacked the rest of the Middle East.
By Lydie Denier Part Two of Lydie Denier’s article detailing the tragic death of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and the Politics surrounding it. Part One can be found here.
SAID KHATIB – AFP By Rupen Savoulian We today reproduce an important article from September 2014 which can be read in line with the events of today The Islamic Resistance Movement – ‘Hamas‘ the abbreviation from the Arabic – has constituted the democratically elected government of the Palestinian territories since January 2006. It swept to […]
By Nasurullah Brohi After the collapse of the Soviet Union and the formation of the Central Asia Republics (CARs), the countries with their huge economic potential have been less explored the foreign policy options of Pakistan.
By Shakeel Haider It’s no more a unipolar world but a world with a total breach of peace and harmony. History either repeats itself or not but the world situation looks like very much like the decade of the 1980s.
By Fadi Elhusseini Since Russia has been declared officially in the Middle East, and following the extended presence of its military in all forms in Syria, speculation has splashed across media platforms around the globe. Observers saw in Russia’s decision to enter Syria a long-term strategy, albeit the abrupt announcement of Russian President Vladimir Putin […]
By Fadi Elhusseini Since 2003, Turkey has appeared as a valuable asset for global powers to invest in and as a leading actor in a region long described as sluggish towards democratic transformations.