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by: Spengler 2011-1-18
Some years ago, a well-known Middle East analyst briefed a conservative audience at a private seminar in New York City. "A Palestinian state," he said, "might achieve the modest prosperity and political stability of a Tunisia." Tunisia, long a byword for stable secular governance in the Muslim world, isn't Tunisia anymore...

by: Chris Zambelis 2010-7-20
For many observers, the long-term implications of Israel's deadly May 31 assault against the MV Mavi Marmara, the Turkish flagship that was part of the Gaza Freedom flotilla, on Israeli-Turkish relations are unclear...

by: Amro Hassan 2010-2-9
The deputy leader of Egypt’s largest opposition movement, the Muslim Brotherhood, was detained by security forces Monday along with 14 other members in an early morning raid that appeared to be a move to weaken the organization before upcoming Parliamentary elections...

by: Syed Saleem Shahzad 2010-1-27
With an international conference starting in London on Thursday expected to lay down a framework for the Afghan government to begin taking charge of its own security, in line with a timetable set by United States President Barack Obama to start drawing down US troops in 2011, efforts for reconciliation with the Taliban are also being stepped up...

by: Mahan Abedin 2009-12-9
Sheikh Maher Hammoud is an influential Sunni Muslim cleric based in Sidon, Lebanon. He is one of a handful of senior Sunni clerics who has defied the prevailing political current and sided firmly with Hezbollah..

by: Robin Wright 2009-7-25
Representations of the Middle East as changeless, frozen-in-time and regressive have crowded mainstream Western media for years owing to the region’s high frequency of despotism and religious fundamentalism. But the despondent narrative of a region doomed to medievalism obscures new developments and forces pushing for democracy and decency...

by: Spengler 2009-6-2
Why should the president of the United States address the "Muslim world", as Barack Obama will do in Egypt this Thursday? What would happen if the leader of a big country addressed the "Christian world"? Half the world would giggle and the other half would sulk. ..

by: Kaveh L Afrasiabi 2008-4-29
In the rapidly intensifying international energy game, Iran holds a master key to the most staggering roadblock to India’s economic growth - energy insecurity. With the issue of energy cooperation expected to dominate talks on Tuesday between visiting Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad and his hosts in New Delhi, a new chapter in India-Iran relations is on the horizon that will likely bring the two countries closer together on a long-term basis...

by: Sami Moubayed 2008-4-18
Egyptians began to politely talk about a post-Hosni Mubarak Egypt after their president suffered an assassination attempt in Ethiopia in 1995...

by: Khody Akhavi 2008-1-17
Neo-conservative hawks lamented the latest casualty in the "war on terror" last Friday, as the ax fell on Stephen Coughlin’s job. The Pentagon decided not to renew the contract of its "foremost" specialist on Islamic law and Islamic extremism when it ends in March, citing budget cuts...

by: Michael Scheuer 2007-12-21
If an analyst in al-Qaeda’s intelligence services or a journalist friendly to al-Qaeda were asked to compile a roundup of news stories from 2007 that supported his sympathies, here is what he would write...

by: Beena Sarwar 2007-12-11
KARACHI - With general elections barely a month away, Pakistan’s major political parties have decided not to boycott the polls and take their chances in a situation where the media and the judiciary have been hobbled. ..

by: Pepe Escobar 2007-9-17
After the elaborate theatrics just performed in the house of mirrors of Washington, US President George W Bush is now recommending to the nation what he told top Iraq commander General David Petraeus to recommend to him...

by: M K Bhadrakumar 2007-7-29
Nothing can quite surprise on the Middle East’s political chessboard. This has been a week in which the foreign ministers of Egypt and Jordan visited Jerusalem jointly for the first time as envoys of the Arab League, and claimed they heard "many positive responses" from the Israeli leadership...