Tag - middle-east



Dec 23, 2013
'Frenemies' in the Mideast
The recent interim nuclear agreement between Iran and the so-called P5-plus-1 countries, led by the U.S., has provoked unprecedented criticism of U.S. policy from two of its strongest Mideast allies: Israel and Saudi Arabia.
Dec 12, 2013
HIV/AIDS cases rising in Mideast, North Africa
Although the Mideast and North Africa has just 2 percent of the world's HIV caseload, it is one of two regions with the fastest growing HIV/AIDS infection rate.
Dec 7, 2013
Iran-baiting lawmakers busy ratcheting up tension
Iran-baiting lawmakers in the United State are busy trying to ratchet up the tension by pushing for more economic sanctions against Tehran despite an interim agreement on restriction Iran's nuclear program.
Japan Times
Dec 4, 2013
Iran deal offers hope, peril for Middle East
A surge of diplomacy and an outburst of violence in the days since world powers reached a deal with Iran illustrate both the promise and the peril of what could be the start of a more peaceful era in the Middle East — or the beginning of a new round of bloodletting.
Nov 12, 2013
John Kerry's Mideast dream world
Imagine a world in which the Mideast is not descending into chaos but is on the brink of a monumental series of breakthroughs. This is the magical world of the U.S. secretary of state.
Nov 11, 2013
Japan, Iran pledge continued efforts on nuclear issue
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, agreed Sunday that their countries will continue efforts for an early resolution of issues related to Iran's nuclear program.
Nov 4, 2013
Kurdish phoenix rises from ruins of Syria's war
The Kurds can't erase all the hurts of their modern history and those who choose to stay in Syria remain embattled, yet the isolation that had been their lot is now fading fast.
Nov 2, 2013
A growing vacuum in the Middle East
Every American should be aware of recent reports that describe the Obama administration's abdication of a leadership role in the Middle East and its serious consequences for U.S. national security interests.
Nov 1, 2013
U.S. Mideast policy based on fantasy
In his zeal to extract his administration from what he sees as a regional quagmire, Barack Obama has adopted a narrow and high-altitude approach to a complex set of Mideast conflicts.
Oct 29, 2013
The sectarian war at hand: redrawing the Mideast again
Groups like the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, a powerful component of Syria's savage war, could not have moved with such ease if it had not been for the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
Oct 18, 2013
Yemen teeters between hope and division as tensions rise
Uniting a Yemeni 'homeland' around similar ideas while rebellion brews in the north, a secessionist movement builds in the south and a U.S. drone war carries on is no easy task.
Oct 15, 2013
The narrative plot against Syria
America must focus on unifying Syria's bickering rebels before it can persuade Syrians that the campaign to destroy chemical weapons is not aimed at imposing a neo-colonial order.
Oct 2, 2013
Tale of two crises: connecting the dots from Iran to Syria
The twin crises involving Syria and Iran demonstrate the continuing utility of the United Nations as the Security Council remains the cockpit for addressing geopolitical upheavals.
Sep 29, 2013
Sanctions have warmed up Iran for an accord
As Iran's economy reels and President Hassan Rouhani shows interest in rapprochement with the West, it seems high time to reach a nuclear agreement with Iran.
Japan Times
Sep 22, 2013
Syria Islamists rake in funds
Syria's Islamist extremists are getting a fresh torrent of cash from Arab donors hoping for an uprising to erupt across the region.
Sep 18, 2013
The remaking of the Middle East
It is the state system established by the European imperial powers, not merely regimes, that is unraveling in the Middle East.
Sep 4, 2013
Dicey dalliances with Islamists
In the Middle East, the U.S. has myopically embraced Sunni rulers steeped in religious and political bigotry, even though they pose a threat to freedom and secularism.
Sep 3, 2013
Is America now becoming an international outlaw?
When Barack Obama succeeded George W. Bush as U.S. president, the world heaved a collective sigh of relief. How ironic then that Obama risks making the U.S. the biggest international outlaw of our times.
Sep 3, 2013
A danger in trying to transform Mideast
Big bets in foreign policy should have at least a reasonable prospect of success, but that is not the case in today's Middle East.
Aug 31, 2013
Middle Eastern nations' support for military strikes notably muted
Middle Eastern nations that desperately want to rid the region of Syrian President Bashar Assad have been notably muted as the United States pushes forward with plans for military action against the Syrian government.


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