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Libya’s Other Battle

Tuesday 29 July 2014
The escalation in and around Tripoli holds troubling parallels with the tribal divisions that precipitated Libya’s bloody 1936 civil war.
Libya is a fractured country whose long-simmering violence is threatening to boil over. Internecine fighting once mostly limited to Benghazi — (...)

Wahhabism vs. Wahhabism: Qatar challenges Saudi Arabia

Friday 25 July 2014
As Saudi Arabia seeks to inoculate itself against the violence, civil disobedience and potential re-writing of colonial-era borders that (...)

A North Korean in Iran

Wednesday 23 July 2014
Ongoing close ties between Tehran and senior North Korean officials are raising concerns about potential transfer of nuclear and missile technology.
Foreign Policy The death from natural causes of an old man in North Korea this month should have been the closing chapter of the tale of (...)

Keeping Israel’s Northern Front Under Control

Tuesday 22 July 2014
Although rocket fire from Lebanon and Syria remains sporadic for now, Israel and other parties need to be aware of the potential for serious miscalculation and escalation.
As Israel’s Operation Protective Edge continues in Gaza, the conflict is affecting almost all major cities in Israel, including communities near (...)

The Patriarchs of Antioch call for an end to Lebanese crisis

Thursday 3 July 2014
All six patriarchs – the Catholics, Orthodox and Syrians – hold a historic meeting, returning in spirit to Antioch, the early centre of Christianity: “Christians must stay united in trying times”
Together, united by the spirit of the Church of Antioch, where - according to the Acts of the Apostles - Jesus’ followers were called Christians (...)

Concerns about Islamic Extremism on the Rise in Middle East

Wednesday 2 July 2014
Negative Opinions of al Qaeda, Hamas and Hezbollah Widespread
As well-publicized bouts of violence, from civil war to suicide bombings, plague the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, concern about Islamic (...)

Midnight Express: The complete story behind the life and death of Hassan al-Laqqis

Monday 30 June 2014
The gunmen who ambushed him; his friendship with Nasrallah and Khamenei; the technologies he helped to develop - The complete story behind the life and death of Hassan al-Laqqis, the senior Hezbollah commander gunned down in Beirut
It rained heavily during the night of December 3, 2013. Car traffic had nearly stopped altogether when the rented vehicle moved slowly and parked (...)

Saddam Hussein’s Faithful Friend, the King of Clubs, Might Be the Key to Saving Iraq

Wednesday 25 June 2014
Assuming, that is, the mysterious Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri is even still alive
Over the weekend, in what the Telegraph described as "a potential sign of the fraying of the Sunni insurgent alliance that has overrun vast (...)

Could Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri Maliki Be Forced Out?

Tuesday 24 June 2014
In conventional political terms, Maliki likely remains the frontrunner for the premiership, but the argument that he is unable to stabilize the country by sharing power is once again gaining currency.
Overshadowed by Iraq’s intensified security crisis, the country certified the results of the 30 April parliamentary elections on 1 June — (...)

The shadowy Iranian spy chief who helped plan Benghazi

Sunday 22 June 2014
As a radical Islamic army marches across Iraq, America is making a deal with the devil. Qassem Suleymani, the head of Iran’s secretive Quds Force, (...)

Building a Base for Iraq’s Counteroffensive: The Role of U.S. Security Cooperation

Saturday 21 June 2014
A U.S. contribution could help blunt ISIS advances in at least three ways.
Encouraging signs have emerged that the collapse of federal government control in Iraq may have slowed and that Baghdad is beginning the (...)

Iraq’s Jihadi Jack-in-the-Box

Friday 20 June 2014
The jihadi surge is the tragic, violent outcome of steadily deteriorating political dynamics. Instead of a rash military intervention and unconditional support for the Iraqi government, pressure is needed to reverse sectarian polarisation and a disastrous record of governance.
( Read the full report in PDF-> /media/...) Within days, the jihadist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (...)

ISIS, Iraq, and the War in Syria: Military Outlook

Thursday 19 June 2014
Events on the battlefield will reveal the true effects of the crisis, but the ISIS campaign in Iraq could ultimately help the Syrian opposition and hurt the Assad regime.
The stunning advance of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in northern and western Iraq over the past week has significant military (...)

Iran’s Global Image Largely Negative

Thursday 19 June 2014
Favorable Ratings Fall Further in the Middle East
As negotiations over its nuclear program continue this week in Vienna, a new Pew Research Center poll finds that Iran’s global image remains (...)

Iran is not an Ally in Iraq

Wednesday 18 June 2014
ISIS would likely welcome deeper involvement from the IRGC.
Wall Street Journal During the second Iraq war, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps was one of the United States’ fiercest foes. The IRGC (...)

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