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A general view of the 142nd Arab League foreign ministers’ meeting at the League’s headquarters in Cairo, Egypt, on September 7, 2014. (EPA/Khaled Elfiqi)


Opinion: ISIS and Arab Unity

Opinion: ISIS and Arab Unity

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claims to have achieved in a few months what other projects seeking Arab unity have failed to do since Mustafa Kamal Atatürk abolished the Ottoman Islamic caliphate in 1924. In a blink of an eye, ISIS has called on 1.5...
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A Syrian soldier takes aim at rebel fighters positioned in the mountains of the Christian town of Maalula on September 13, 2013. (AFP)


Opinion: Opportunistic Ultra-Nationalism

Opinion: Opportunistic Ultra-Nationalism

In 2003 when the drums of the Iraq War were beating, I remember well how the term Qawmajiyya, alluding to ultra-nationalism, spread like wildfire. The word–in a derisive context–and its derivatives were reiterated by many among the supporters of the invasion of Iraq...
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Activists from a group called “Third Square”, which promotes a middle way in the rift between the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of the army’s overthrow of Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, shout slogans as they gather to oppose both parties at Sphinx Square in Cairo July 30, 2013 (REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih)


Egypt: Ever a Work in Progress

Egypt: Ever a Work in Progress

“But what do they want?” This was the question raised the other day by an American participant at a “think tank” discussion in London of events in Egypt. The disappointment implicit in the question is shared by many Western commentators interested in Egypt. For years,...
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Syrian troops patrol the village of Haydariyah, some seven kilometers outside the rebel-held city of Qusayr, after taking control of it, on May 13, 2013. (AFP PHOTO/JOSEPH EID)


Opinion: The Syrian Chessboard

Opinion: The Syrian Chessboard

The comparison of international struggles to a chessboard was first used by Zbigniew Brzezinski, President Carter’s National Security Advisor, in his book The Grand Chessboard. The expression is a fitting description of politics’ conflicts, complexities,...