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Tag: Middle East
  • Our Obsession with Iraq Highlights our Blind Spot for Saudi Arabia

    All we hear about now is how dangerous ISIS is to the United States and how we must start a new war in Iraq to defeat them.  Let’s compare ISIS, the current Iraqi Government, and Saddam’s Iraqi government to Saudi Arabia. Which entity is the primary financier of Al Qaeda? Saudi Arabia “Saudi donors remain …

  • Guns & Governments: Does Arms Trade Matter?

      The international arms trade has largely been synonymous with strife, death, and inordinate amounts of violence. The sale of arms is an ancient trade, tracing its roots back to the early days of the Roman Empire. Arms trade, however, goes beyond selling small arms and military-grade weapons. Trading also includes the sale of personnel …

  • Have we forgotten about peace?

    Short poem by Audra Wayco: Looking up at the sky tonight I wonder why people are crying.Nations are fighting while the innocent are dying.Have we forgotten about peace?When will this madness cease? What about this nuclear race.We need to disarm and look in the face. We all bleed just the same.Enough with this divide and …

  • Here We Go Again…

    Today we learn President Obama is ramping up clandestine support to train and assist the Syrian rebels in their endeavor to overthrow the regime of Bashar al-Assad. No one seems to care that this coalition has long been infiltrated by Al Qaeda and other groups who don’t actually share the Western vision of a constitutional, …

  • The U.S.-Backed Crackdown in Bahrain

    The heroic John Glaser, assistant editor at Antiwar.com, blogs about Foreign Policy’s interview of Nabeel Rajab where the Bahraini activist has this to say about the U.S.-supported repression in Bahrain: The military has taken part in suppressing the protests. They have killed people, they have tortured people, they have arrested people, they have detained people. …

  • Foolish Foreign Policy, Again

    In Tunisia, where the Arab Spring so unexpectedly started, the Islamist Ennahada Party took a plurality of votes in the October election. In Morocco, Mohammed VI avoided a Ben Ali dethroning but has been pressured to begin incremental reforms. Moroccans took to the voting booths and picked the Justice and Development Party, another Islamist organization, …

  • Yemen on the Verge of Collapse

    Today was a whirlwind of a day for Yemen.  One top officer, Maj. Gen. Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, and eighteen other senior commanders have announced that they are siding with their protesters, and it appears that those under their command have agreed to do so as well. While this reeks of a military coup, the Defense Minister, Mohammad …

  • The Rippling Effects of Egyptian Revolt

    Cross-posted @ Interestofthestate.com The political crisis  in Egypt is effecting politics in the Middle East in profound ways, all thanks to Tunisians, course. Today, Jordan’s King Abdullah II dismissed his cabinet and even appointed a new prime minister. Protesters are testing Abdullah’s authority in the streets of Jordan, many of them supporters of various opposition …

  • Unintended Consequences

    As I tried to point out in a recent article at the Daily Caller, foreign policy is an extremely complicated thing.  This sounds self-evident, but it’s amazing the extent to which certain officials think they can control events occurring around the world.  I like to characterize US foreign policy in the Middle East as throwing …

  • An Interesting Perspective on Pakistani-American Relations

    Nathan Fox-Helser, who is both a member of Wake Forest Young Americans for Liberty and a new author at the left-libertarian blog Rethinking the State, wrote a paper on American foreign policy in Pakistan for a political science class he took this semester.  I’ve been working on building the Wake Forest YAL Wiki recently as …