The spawning of Islamic State

Commentary / World 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 ...

Commentary / World Jul 11, 2014

Cost of 'making' democracy

by William Pfaff

For most of the American electorate, the U.S. perseveres as the messenger of democracy to a world that usually hasn't earned it and probably doesn't deserve it. But consider what this proud effort in the Mideast, Afghanistan, Ukraine and elsewhere has done to ...

Commentary / World Nov 2, 2013

A growing vacuum in the Middle East

by John Mccain and Lindsey Graham

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. Nothing highlights these failures more vividly than the administration's abandonment of the Free Syrian ...