Afghanistan Is On the Verge of Disaster

November 23, 2021

The upheaval in Afghanistan was undoubtedly one of the most shocking events of the year. It will likely have fatal consequences for the Afghan people, neighboring countries and the international community. The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan is so devastating that it is impossible to predict the...

The Legacy of America’s Failed War on Terror

November 22, 2021

Twenty years have passed since the 9/11 attacks in the United States. It was in the immediate aftermath that US President George W. Bush declared his infamous “war on terror” and launched a cataclysmic campaign of occupation in both Afghanistan and Iraq. In 2001, a US-led coalition invaded...

The Crisis on the Poland-Belarus Border Is Not a Hybrid Attack

November 22, 2021

Thousands of people are waiting at the border between Belarus and Poland, hoping to enter the European Union. Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko has flown them in from crisis areas like Iraq and Syria in retaliation for sanctions against his country. Top politicians in Berlin and Brussels are...

The Migrant Crisis on Poland-Belarus Border Is Lukashenko’s Revenge

November 15, 2021

Hundreds of people stand in front of a barbed wire; some try to force it. Behind them are troops encouraging them to break the fence. On the other side are border security guards, ready to push them back. This is a scene from the border between Belarus and Poland, the EU's eastern frontier, on...

The New Cold War’s Thriving Arms Race

November 02, 2021

On most days, the website Engadget provides coverage of objects spawned by the digital economy. These objects typically serve consumers’ obsessive and often narcissistic need for convenience and entertainment. On October 29, the site featured an article dedicated to a rather bulky gadget most...

The Indispensable Madeleine Albright Defends Democracy

October 29, 2021

When she was President Bill Clinton’s ambassador to the UN just before being promoted to secretary of state, Madeleine Albright famously shared her understanding of how the US commitment to Woodrow Wilson’s motto of keeping the world safe for democracy could play out in real time. In a 1996...

China, the Bogeyman of the New Cold War

October 27, 2021

Associated Press reporter Nomaan Merchant has been listening to the latest warnings from the US intelligence community that wants the public to understand it is time to be seriously afraid of China. It’s not just about Beijing’s military might. The real problem is that the Chinese are thieves,...

Taliban Takeover Will Further Radicalize Pakistan and Increase Nuclear Threat

October 22, 2021

It is now well known that younger officers in the Pakistani army are no longer members of the Scotch-swilling elite. To understand the growing radicalization in Pakistan, it is instructive to read Nadeem F. Paracha, a noted columnist in Dawn, Pakistan’s most reputed newspaper. In 2013, he...

The Wave of Femicides in Kuwait

October 18, 2021

As demonstrations against sexual harassment and gender-based violence take center stage worldwide, Kuwait is witnessing a moment of its own. While Kuwaiti women have been fighting for their rights for decades, the latest movement was sparked after three women were murdered in just two weeks....

It’s Not All Bad News for the Gulf

October 11, 2021

Gulf Arab states are in a pickle. They fear that the emerging parameters of a reconfigured US commitment to security in the Middle East threaten to upend a pillar of regional security and leave them with no good alternatives. The shaky pillar is the Gulf monarchies’ reliance on a powerful...

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