Stunning But Not Surprising

The headlines today from Egypt are stunning but not surprising.  The removal of President Morsi from the office of the presidency by the military was signaled as soon as the 48 hour deadline was given.  The military had tipped their hand by giving Morsi the opportunity to resign befor
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Time For A New Political Consciousness In The Arab World

The mixture of Islamic radicalism, populist outrage, and hooligan contagion in the Middle East continues to play out on the television screens around the world.  Sparked by an amateurish film about the Prophet Muhammad, Muslims were ignited in to a fire that spread across northern Afr
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The Nimble Mr. Morsi-Egypt’s New President

President Mohamed Morsi[1] is exhibiting surprising nimbleness on both Egypt’s  domestic front as well as on the international stage.  His public dressing-down last week of the Assad government signaled Morsi’s willingness to support the on-going toppling of autocratic reg
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Events in Egypt. To Be Continued…

The unfolding events in Egypt have given rise to wide-reaching punditry and speculation about what each and every movement means.  And such is the reality of the information age. Regardless of how quickly information is made available through the internet, individual movements in and
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What Price Would You Pay for Freedom?

In Syria, the price for freedom is one’s life. I attended a function this weekend for the Syrian American Council where the pragmatic view of the battle for freedom in Syria was sobering. The key speaker, Mr. Mohammad Al Abdallah was matter of fact when he said, “This is w
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What is going on with Iran?

During the holiday slow-down at the end of 2011 I was asked many times, “What is going on with Iran?” Well, that is a complex question;one that requires a long answer. Iran is playing the geo-strategic board game of posturing and positioning. Hard-liners within the governm
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The Answer is “D”

I was talking with a gentleman from Iran the other day. His perspective was necessarily informed by his experiences in Iran. His take on the Arab Spring was that it was a coup for Al Qaeda. He said, “Al Qaeda will become the power in the Arab states now.” I disagreed with
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Gordian Knot

The United States, a nation state that has long espoused the values of democracy, self-determination, and representative governance is faced with a Gordian knot this week.  At a time when the “Arab Spring” is smoldering in the Middle East, the Palestinians will press their
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