The Middle East crack-up

Aug 29, 2014

The Middle East crack-up

by Shlomo Avineri

The horror stories emerging from northern Iraq, as well as the continuing slaughter in Syria's civil war, point to the unraveling of the state system established after the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire almost 100 years ago.

Aug 29, 2014

Three timelines shaping Mideast developments

by Volker Perthes

To shape an effective strategy in the Middle East, it is essential to understand three distinct timelines that are shaping developments: the short-term timeline of daily struggles, the medium-term timeline of geopolitical shifts, and the long-term timeline of sociocultural transformation.

The spawning of Islamic State

Aug 26, 2014

The spawning of Islamic State

by Brahma Chellaney

It took just two years for Syria to descend into a Somalia-style failed state under the weight of the international jihad against Bashar Assad. This helped the Islamic State not only to flourish but also to use its control over northeastern Syria to stage ...

Migrants clash in France as camp tensions soar

Aug 6, 2014

Migrants clash in France as camp tensions soar

Migrants flowing into Europe in unprecedented numbers are causing a tense summer in France, as clashes break out among asylum-seekers in overcrowded camps and police fire tear gas to quell the chaos. Sudanese and Eritreans battled in the sweltering heat in France’s port city ...

Aug 1, 2014

Christian Arabs forced to flee

by Gwynne Dyer

There were still about 60,000 Christians in Mosul when the U.S. and its sidekicks invaded Iraq 11 years ago. Only two months after the arrival of ISIS extremists, there are none. How did these and other Christian Arabs lose their place in the Arab ...

Jul 28, 2014

No letup in the inhumanity

by Kevin Rafferty

Where are the peacemakers hiding? In China, Japan, South Korea, Ukraine, Russia and the Middle East, leaders have dug in and are picking at old sores and animosities, even trying to celebrate them.

Jul 4, 2014

The return of the caliphate

by Gwynne Dyer

Propagandists for the Sunni "Islamic State" (aka ISIL) have produced a map in which this group of jihadis lay claim to Spain and Portugal — because they were once ruled by Muslim conquerors — Iran, most of India, the Balkans and half of Africa. ...