Tackling Iran: Trump fuels the fire

Tackling Iran: Trump fuels the fire

  By James M. Dorsey.   Source: IBTimes   The Trump administration risks fuelling sectarianism across the Muslim world and exacerbating multiple conflicts that are ripping the Middle East and North Africa apart by singling out [...]
Extreme Vetting the imperative and the difficulty

Extreme Vetting the imperative and the difficulty

By Alexander Athos. \ The following are excerpts from an article by Middle East Forum President Daniel Pipes, “Smoking Out Islamists via Extreme Vetting” who has written extensively on the practicality and enforceability of screening [...]
Pakistani crackdown: One hand works to neutralize the other

Pakistani crackdown: One hand works to neutralize the other

By James M. Dorsey.   Pakistan has put one of the world’s most wanted men under house arrest in a half-hearted crackdown on a militant group with close ties to the military and intelligence in a bid to persuade President Donald [...]
The Muslim world: Liberals pay the price for Trump and Saudi-supported illiberalism

The Muslim world: Liberals pay the price for Trump and Saudi-supported illiberalism

  By James Dorsey.   By James M. Dorsey US president Donald J. Trump’s fuelling of Islamophobia with his newly imposed travel ban as well as his war on the mainstream media feed an increasing trend towards supremacism and intolerance [...]
The Yoke Of Stupidity Is Strangling America

The Yoke Of Stupidity Is Strangling America

  By Barry Ferguson.   California Governor Brown says the state budget deficit is growing and one of the reasons is the minimum wage increase that state voters just approved. Duh! State government worker pay is tied to minimum wages [...]
Is French anti-terror effort gaining goals in Africa?

Is French anti-terror effort gaining goals in Africa?

  By Pramod Raj Sedhain.   French military presence in Africa is not new, it has been engaged in various  military operations across the region. But “Operation Barkhane” has different counter-terrorism operations with [...]
Multidimensional threats on global war on terror

Multidimensional threats on global war on terror

  By Pramod Sedhain.   Global terrorism scenario is still at a worse level. Despite the fact that the U.S. and its allies have been engaged in fighting and foiling several deadly terrorist plots and attacks for over 15 years, the [...]
Divided America: Root Causes and the Road Ahead

Divided America: Root Causes and the Road Ahead

  By Jon Kofas.     US Culture Clashes and the Return to “Clash of Civilizations” Theory   Based on the bourgeois ideals and value system of the Enlightenment, Western open societies are culturally pluralistic but have limits in [...]
Ranking the Ten Worst Trumpsters (Rhymes with Dumpsters)

Ranking the Ten Worst Trumpsters (Rhymes with Dumpsters)

By Alan Singer. Online there is a top ten and a bottom ten in almost every imaginable category. I thought it was only fitting to rank the ten worst Trumpster, members of the Trump team, starting with number ten. The criteria I used for [...]
Think that 2016 was a tough year for Saudi Arabia? Wait till you see 2017

Think that 2016 was a tough year for Saudi Arabia? Wait till you see 2017

By James M. Dorsey.     2016 was not a good year for Saudi Arabia. Sharply lower oil prices sparked a domestic financial crisis that is forcing the country to restructure its economy. Saud Arabia’s bitter struggle with Iran for [...]
An Alternative for Romania in the Era of Global Change: Open letter to President of the United States Donald Trump

An Alternative for Romania in the Era of Global Change: Open letter to President of the United States Donald Trump

By Sebastian Sarbu.   One does not have to be a politician, economist, or statistician in order to realize that, for the last two decades, Romania, as is the case with other Eastern European ex-socialist countries, is paying an enormous [...]
Russia: Enemy Of Western Democracy

Russia: Enemy Of Western Democracy

By Jon Kofas. There is a great deal of continuity in Russian history from the reign of Peter the Great until the present. There was clear discontinuity during the Bolshevik Revolution and the brief period when V. I. Lenin was in power, but [...]
Towards a New World Order in Eurasia? The Role of Russia and China

Towards a New World Order in Eurasia? The Role of Russia and China

By James M Dorsey.   Synopsis A new Russian-led, China-backed Eurasia-centred world order may be in the making against the backdrop of alleged Russian cyber warfare against the US and Europe. Analysts see a pattern in Russian moves that [...]
Conflict and Development

Conflict and Development

By Sebastian Sarbu.   “Don’t force it, get a bigger hammer.” (The law of violence) When classifying military conflicts, if we are to look beyond the balance of forces in the geopolitical and historical fields, no matter [...]
Trump’s Middle East: Back to the Future

Trump’s Middle East: Back to the Future

  By James M. Dorsey.   Synopsis President-elect Donald J. Trump’s clearest indication yet of his policy approach towards the Middle East and North Africa was tucked into a recent thank-you speech in Cincinnati. It is a transaction-based [...]
How real is CBRN/WMD threat from terrorist groups?

How real is CBRN/WMD threat from terrorist groups?

By Pramod Raj Sedhain.   Widespread global terrorism threat has become multidimensional in recent times. Conventional terrorism has been a nightmare scenario since they take control of the ground from various nations. Modern terrorist [...]
After the fall of Aleppo, what next?

After the fall of Aleppo, what next?

By Rick Francona.   The graphic above is a Reuters photograph with a caption from the Arab-language al-Jazeera network. The caption reads: Truce agreement and the evacuation of civilians and fighters from Aleppo. Syrian opposition [...]
Pakistan’s militants has been weakened, not defeated

Pakistan’s militants has been weakened, not defeated

By Pramod Raj Sedhain.       Pakistani military proactive operation in North Waziristan has gained a notable achievement for counter terrorism (CT) efforts. Militant groups have no longer been able to hold large swaths of territory [...]
How powerful is Al-Qaeda’s intelligence capability?

How powerful is Al-Qaeda’s intelligence capability?

  By Pramod Raj Sedhain.     In the 4th week of November, Al-Qaeda’s most dangerous Yemeni franchise al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) released confession video of six men. The accused were executed on charges of locating [...]
Trump and the Palestinian State

Trump and the Palestinian State

By Fadi Elhusseini.     Trump’s victory was a real shock, not only for decision-makers in every single capital on this planet, but also to experts and observers who saw nothing but a landslide triumph for the democrats and Hilary [...]