Archive for the ‘Islam’ Category

The Gang’s All Here

Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia (and their Gulf partners), Israel, Turkey, France, the U.S., and Russia each have some military involvement in Syria, soon to be followed by the United Kingdom. Needless to say, there are a lot of players in the Middle East and an abundance of interests, all at the expense of […]

Diplomacy Is the Way To Beat the ‘Islamic State’

During the short drive from Beirut toward Damascus, our taxi turned off the road and pulled into a refugee camp in the Lebanese Bekaa Valley. As a journalist and academic who writes about international security, I wanted to see the refugee situation I had read about for myself. I watched as a truckload of women […]

Today’s Take: Ten years after 9/11: Will we ever get beyond war?

It is often hard to gauge how a person will react during a crisis let alone one like September 11th. After such a destructive and devastating event, a person’s first instinct is to fight back hard and fast making whoever is in the way feel the agony. Punishment or revenge no matter who it affects […]

Michele Bachmann’s (and Rick Perry’s) Bogeyman

“We are confident that no one can harm us if God is with us….there is nothing more we can do except depend on almighty God. If a person does, then he is assured that the Almighty will help him, have mercy on him and he will succeed.” Yes, this does in fact sound like Presidential […]

Engaging the Muslim World

I joined the dialogue to discuss Juan Cole’s new book Engaging the Muslim World on TPMCafe Book Club I highly recommend the book! Engaging the Muslim World: What are we waiting for? I, for one, welcome Cole’s book. It talks about engaging people and understanding them for who they are not who we believe them […]