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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Iraq as Prelude for Afghanistan. (Or…Bigfoot is a Myth)

The Middle East remains a region of consequence for the entire world as the catastrophe in Syria unfolds and the gamesmanship between Israel and Iran continues.  Both conflicts hold radiating consequences for the E.U., Russia, China, the U.S. and an endless number of nation-states.  W
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Was Iraq a Success?

As the U.S. troops withdraw from Iraq there remain many questions about the reasons for the war in this country following the Al Qaeda attacks on 9/11. Even more questions remain about Iraq’s future. The “political-speak” in Washington includes tough language of sove
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It’s not like fast food, folks!

The noise in the media about the Egyptian unrest this week provides a moment for historical context. In France free elections led to Napoleon’s rise for nearly two decades, a disastrous war and consequential bloody massacres. France underwent the organic process toward democracy
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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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