Not All Arab States Will Normalize Ties With Israel

Oct 22, 2020

Each Arab monarchy in the Gulf has its unique perspective on Israel and the Palestinian cause. Although not inevitable, others in the Gulf Cooperation Council may join the UAE and Bahrain in formalizing relations with Israel.

Do Romance Novels Offer an Outdated Model of Feminism?

Oct 10, 2020

I am one among a relatively small number of men who for some time have been fascinated by romance novels. As is well known, romance novels are among the most popular genres in contemporary literature. The field represents a vast market, likely to have substantially grown over the past several...

How the Romans Responded to Disasters

When we reflect on the history of government response to natural disasters, we discover that the expectation that central governments should play a role in recovering from such disasters can be traced back to the actions of three Roman emperors.

Big Blow for a Stable Dictatorship: Major Protests Hit Belarus

Aug 13, 2020

It’s not that Belarus hasn’t had any protests recently. It’s just they have never been this big and this bloody. The capital, Minsk, has seen the use of military machinery, grenade explosions and special forces attacking both protesters and innocent bystanders. Smaller cities are...

Sultan Qaboos Brought Light and Modernity to Oman

Jan 13, 2020

Despite knowledge of his illness, I was stunned and saddened by the death on January 10 of Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman. I had come to know Sultan Qaboos, who ruled Oman for 49 years, as an American diplomat. I served two assignments in Oman, as deputy chief of mission between 1998 and 2001, and...

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