Written by Barry Rubin
This is fascinating for a totally unexpected reason. It illustrates the law of unintended consequences, which is perhaps the single most important concept to keep in mind when examining the Middle East right now.
Abboud al-Zumar was a leader in the Egyptian Islamic Jihad (a group now associated with ...
Written by Dr. Nimrod Raphaeli
It took nine months after the Iraqi parliamentary election in March 2010 for a new government to be formed, in a process dotted by bargaining, haggling, threats, compromises and even foreign intervention. It took the political skills of Masoud Barazani, the president of Kurdistan ...
Written by The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center
A UN committee grants accreditation to the anti-Israeli pro-Hamas Free Palestine Movement (FPM). The FPM is headed by Paul Larudee, an active participant in organizing flotillas to the Gaza Strip, including the upgraded one scheduled for May 2011.
Written by Zvi Magen,
The shocks that have lately rocked the Middle East surprised Russia, along with many other international actors, and the new reality, marked by general instability and uncertainty, has left it at a loss for action. However, Russia’s strong desire to maintain its status in the Middle East has driven ...
Written by Ryan Mauro
The regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad is in big trouble. It has killed over 200 civilians since the anti-government uprising began, but the unrest is spreading across the country. Assad has been forced to turn to Iran for help, and now, the Reform Party of Syria has just revealedthat the ...
Written by Frederick Kagan
The United States has not developed a coherent strategic approach toward Yemen despite the presence in that country of an aggressive and entrenched al Qaeda affiliate that has already attempted to conduct attacks on American soil. In spite of the obvious need to formulate a strategy ...
Written by George Friedman
There was one striking thing missing from the events in the Middle East in past months: Israel. While certainly mentioned and condemned, none of the demonstrations centered on the issue of Israel. Israel was a side issue for the demonstrators, with the focus being on replacing unpopular rulers.
Written by George Friedman
There are wars in pursuit of interest. In these wars, nations pursue economic or strategic ends to protect the nation or expand its power. There are also wars of ideology, designed to spread some idea of “the good,” whether this good is religious or secular. The two obviously can be intertwined, ...
Written by Mudar Zahran
King Abdullah of Jordan is in a bad spot. His Jordanian Bedouin tribes, which control the military and make up the ruling foundation for the Hashemites, are asking for more power and privileges by calling on King Abdullah to give them his authority by transforming his rule into a constitutional ...