Why Yemen May Become The Most Powerful Story in the GME

Using a stream of videos showing the horrific murder of Egyptian Christians, once again put ISIS/ISIL in the headlines.  And while the world is watching the atrocities of the ISIS/ISIL propaganda machine, a more powerful story may yet emerge out of the Arabian Peninsula.  In the south
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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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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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Afghanistan good’nuf

There has been a phrase in use in Afghanistan for several years now.  This phrase captures the stated objectives for the overall mission.  This phrase represents the real objective, over and against the publicly stated objectives.  The phrase is “Afghanistan good enough“. 
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Deadly Veto

The vote at the United Nations this weekend reveals old fault lines from the Cold War period.  While the Syrian people will pay the price of realpolitik, there is no doubt that a multipolar world will require greater deftness on the part of the United States and its allies. Even with
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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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Syria, Iran, Saudi Arabia-the Middle East Triangle

The Middle East is a complex arrangement of nation-states with different identities and religious expressions.  Directly impacting the cultural complexities is the reality of geo-strategic interest.  At the start of 2012, Syria, Iran, and Saudi Arabia are central to the growing tensio
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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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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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