On the Eve of Obama’s Middle East Speech

On the Eve of Obama’s Middle East Speech

President Obama has the chance to completely retool U.S. policy in the Middle East in the context of the Arab Spring – but it doesn’t look likely that he will.

Don’t Count Bashar Out

Don’t Count Bashar Out

The protests in Syria are encouraging, but Bashar al-Assad will pull out all the stops before he leaves voluntarily.

The Game is Changing in Iran

Iran’s inner turmoil and the rapid change sweeping across the Middle East and North Africa don’t bode well for its regime.

Playing into Osama Bin Laden’s Hands

His greatest magic trick was to persuade the United States and its allies to expend enormous sums of money to fight a small, isolated, and anachronistic force that operated on the very margins of the Muslim world.

Justice or Vengeance?

In the midst of the Arab Spring, which directly rejects al-Qaeda-style small-group violence in favor of mass-based, society-wide mobilization and non-violent protest to challenge dictatorship and corruption, does the killing of Osama bin Laden represent ultimate justice, or even an end to the “unfinished business” of 9/11?

U.S. Silences on the Arab Spring are Deafening

U.S. Silences on the Arab Spring are Deafening

The Obama administration has hardly said a peep about the need for democracy in Saudi Arabia or the other oil-rich states of the Gulf, even as those regimes are cracking down on the small but growing number of democracy activists in their midst.