The Gulf Today: March 24, 2013
While Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu were making tough speeches on the Iranian nuclear issue in Israel, getting the same tough answer from Iran, rumours were spreading across the Middle East about secret direct talks between Washington and Tehran. Let us hope that these talks are real and successful, for the other options are just detestable.
In his speech to Israeli students in Jerusalem on March 21, 2013, Barack Obama said, “I’ve made the position of the United States of America clear: Iran must not get a nuclear weapon. This is not a danger that can be contained, and as President, I’ve said all options are on the table for achieving our objectives. America will do what we must to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran.”
The unavoidable question that makes many observers muse is then, “Will America attack Iran to stop the Iranians from developing a nuclear bomb?” Continue reading War, diplomacy and acceptance
Bruce Maddy-Weitzman* The Middle East Review of International Affairs This article reviews three possible regime scenarios for the three principle Maghreb countries of Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. The three scenarios include: the Islamization of the … . . . → Read More: MAGHREB REGIME SCENARIOS
(or the Problem) Daniel Brumberg The Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology- The Washington Quarterly • 29:1 pp. 97–116. The quest to repair, reinterpret, reform, or otherwise fix Islam can be s… . . . → Read More: Islam Is Not the Solution
Anthony F. Lang, Jr. Ethics & International Affairs, Volume 24.1 (Spring 2010) On November 17, 2009, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced his decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed—as well as four other alleged coconspirators to the Septem… . . . → Read More: The Politics of Punishing Terrorists
Shibley Telhami, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Saban Center for Middle East Policy The Brookings Institution: June 02, 2010 The Memorial Day bloodshed in the Mediterranean has readily visible consequences in the loss of innocent lives, the… . . . → Read More: The Deeper Crisis behind the Bloodshed on the Gaza Flotilla
Ethics & International Affairs, Volume 21.4 Andrew F. March The interest of Western intellectuals in Islamic political and ethical traditions (predominantly its traditions of warfare, but also of governance, social order, and gender relations) is n… . . . → Read More: Reading Tariq Ramadan: Political Liberalism, Islam, and “Overlapping Consensus”
Tariq Ramadan La formule a fleuri à travers le monde après les attentats du 11 septembre 2001 aux Etats-Unis. Face à l’horreur et à l’inacceptable, on cherchait des « musulmans modérés » capables de réagir, de se distancer et de critique… . . . → Read More: Qui sont les musulmans modérés ?
Clash of religions or convergence of religiosities? Olivier Roy It is a mistake to think that religous and political radicalism among European Muslims is a mere import from the cultures and conflicts of the Middle East. It is above all a consequence of… . . . → Read More: Islam in Europe
The International Institute For Strategic Studies As part of its effort to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, the United States is seeking to tighten sanctions on it. The US has tabled a draft United Nations Security Council resolution that… . . . → Read More: US presses ahead with Iran sanctions
By Amnon Aran The International Relations and Security Network (ISN) Almost a decade ago, Saudi Arabia launched what came to be known as the Arab Peace Initiative (API), which was endorsed in the March 2002 Beirut Arab League Summit and has been reaffi… . . . → Read More: Between Palestine and Iran: Saudi Arabia and Middle East Peace