Conflicting Fundamentalisms and Shia Political Power

December 10, 2016

For the US to understand the changing power dynamics in the Middle East, Iran’s historical arc and its guidance of Shia fundamentalism need to be understood. Since the election of Michel Aoun as president on November 1, a two-year political stalemate in Lebanon has concluded. His election...

Land of the “Boutique Jihad”: The Foreign Fighters in Syria

November 01, 2013

The number of foreign fighters in Syria has reached an alarming level. As the Syrian Civil War rages on for a third year, it has morphed into a wider jihad by Islamist militants, both home-grown and foreign imports. Syria has become the "favorite" battleground of the so-called jihadists...

Sunni vs Shi’a: Opposition Fueled by Power Politics

August 08, 2013

The conflict between Sunnis and Shi'as is fueled by Islamists and power politics. Since it became clear in May 2013 that Hezbollah is fighting on the side of the Bashar al-Assad regime in the Syrian Civil War, there has been increasing talk about an escalating religious war between Shi'as and...