The Gulf Today, October 28, 2012
I followed the third debate, focused on foreign policy, read “An American Century” (a strategy to secure America’s enduring interests and ideals), and arrived at the conclusion that there is another George W. Bush in the making.
This guy – Romney – is very much under the influence of the same kind of ideologists who convinced Bush that America needs nothing less than a messianic president, or an “imperial president,” (to use the title of A. Schlesinger Sr.’s classic book). The foreword is written by Eliot Cohen, a neocon who had also served at the US Department under Bush II from 2007 to 2009. For him as for Romney and the rest of the clique, nothing like military power can guarantee an indefinite momentum for the US world leadership. To hear them praising, day and night, military might, one may naturally think that they are ready to maintain this unbelievable military effervescence at any cost, human and financial. Continue reading Another ‘Bush II’ in the making
Michele Dunne, Taghreed El-Khodary, Henri J. Barkey, Nathan J. Brown Monday, June 7, 2010 – Washington, D.C. Courtesy: Carnegie Endowment . . . → Read More: Can the Peace Process be Saved?
The National Security Council (NSC) is the President’s principal forum for considering national security and foreign policy matters with his senior national security advisors and cabinet officials. Since its inception under President Truman, the … . . . → Read More: NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY
By Mahmoud Abbas RAMALLAH – Negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis have resumed after a year and a half of a stalemate that began after Israel launched its devastating military assault against the Gaza Strip in December 2008. The resumpti… . . . → Read More: An 11th-hour opportunity
By Ramzy Baroud I grew up by the Gaza sea. Through my childhood, I could never quite comprehend how such a giant a body of water, which promised such endless freedom, could also border on such a tiny and cramped stretch of land – a land that was … . . . → Read More: The Old Gaza Boy and the Sea
Islam, the West and the Challenges of Modernity
The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life
European campaigns to ban burqas, the Swiss vote to bar new construction of minarets and attempted terrorist acts in the United States have renewed questions and concerns about the compatibility of Islam with Western society. Swiss-born scholar and philosopher of Islam Tariq Ramadan has written and spoken on the subject, generating widespread debate and reaction.
The U.S. State Department recently overturned his six-year ban from the country, allowing him to visit and speak in the U.S. How have his experiences influenced his views on the reform of radical Islam and the bridging of cultural differences? What can Western Muslims do to balance faith and modernity? And what lies ahead for the future of Islam in Europe, the U.S. and the rest of the world? Ramadan addressed these questions and related topics at a press luncheon hosted by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.
Ramadan is a professor of Islamic studies at the University of Oxford’s St Antony’s College. He is also the president of a Brussels-based think tank, European Muslim Network, and the author of more than 20 books, including What I Believe, published in November 2009. Foreign Policy magazine named him one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2009. Continue reading A Conversation With Tariq Ramadan
Asia Report N°190 12 May 2010, International Crisis Group EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS For nearly a decade, the Afghan military has been promoted as the cornerstone of counterinsurgency in the country. Billed as a rare success story in a conf… . . . → Read More: A Force in Fragments: Reconstituting the Afghan National Army
Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs:
Throughout history, Jerusalem has thrived as an important political and cultural center and as a religious focal point for the three monotheistic religions. This status has resulted in numerous struggles taking place in an attempt to possess this significant city.
From the outset of the occupation [...] . . . → Read More: JERUSALEM
Published December 15, 2009
This proposed act would “amend the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996 to enhance United States diplomatic efforts with respect to Iran by expanding economic sanctions against Iran.” It was passed by the House of Representatives on December 15, 2009 and was referred to the Senate the following day.
Read [...] . . . → Read More: Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act of 2009, H.R. 2194
The Pew Forum
Some of the US leading journalists gathered in Key West, Fla., in December, 2008, for the Pew Forum’s biannual Faith Angle Conference on religion, politics and public life.
Vali Nasr, author of the 2006 book, The Shia Revival, surveyed the geo-political landscape of today’s Middle East, arguing that the 2003 invasion of Iraq has [...] . . . → Read More: America and Islam After Bush