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Kobani: Questionable Turkish, US Behavior

Published on October 8th, 2014 | by Wayne White

by Wayne White Defenders of the Syrian Kurdish city of Kobani (or Ayn al-Arab) have fought valiantly against heavily armed Islamic State (IS) forces for three weeks with only light arms. Until late on Oct. 7, ... Read More


President Obama Speaks On Iran Nuclear Deal

Iran Talks: A Painful Choice Looms

Published on October 7th, 2014 | by Peter Jenkins

by Peter Jenkins The absence of any late September breakthrough on the central issue in the nuclear negotiation with Iran—Iran’s mastery of uranium enrichment, a technology that can be used for both civil and military purposes—has ... Read More



ISIS and the Politics of Surprise

Published on October 6th, 2014 | by Guest

by Paul Pillar The recent burst of recriminations about what the U.S. intelligence community did or did not tell the president of the United States in advance about the rise of the extremist group sometimes called ... Read More



Azerbaijan Pursues Drones, New Security Hopes

Published on October 6th, 2014 | by Guest

by Shahin Abbasov  Heightened tensions with longtime foe Armenia over breakaway Nagorno Karabakh and mediator Russia’s Ukrainian adventure appear to be pushing Caspian-Sea energy power Azerbaijan ever more strongly toward a military strategy of self-reliance. The strategy comes via two approaches: first, ... Read More



Mecca, Money and Monotheism

Published on October 4th, 2014 | by Thomas Lippman

by Thomas W. Lippman One of the pleasures of visiting Jeddah, the historic Red Sea port of entry for Muslims traveling to Mecca, is visiting the awe-inspiring home of Sami Angawi, Saudi Arabia’s most renowned architect. ... Read More



Barack Obama and the Will to Fight

Published on October 4th, 2014 | by Guest

by John Feffer The Obama administration has admitted that it misjudged the extremists who set up the Islamic State in chunks of territory torn from Iraq and Syria. The director of national intelligence, James Clapper, confessed that his ... Read More



Where is Libya Headed?

Published on October 3rd, 2014 | by Wayne White

by Wayne White While the world’s attention is focused elsewhere, Libya continues descending into ever-greater chaos, with Islamist militants now holding the upper hand. The longer this writhing maelstrom remains on the global back burner, the ... Read More

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