The new era of combatting terrorism

Dr.Amer Al Sabaileh for The-Levant.com – The launch of the airstrikes against IS marks a turning point and a long road ahead for the region, full of new and complex challenges. The More »

Some determinants of Iranian foreign policy in the Arab East

By As’ad AbuKhalil – For Al-Akhbar – Iranian foreign policy has become far less shaped by the Islamic ideology of the Islamic Republic’s founder. Its policies are now similar to those of More »

Lebanon’s Shia defiant in face of ISIL threat

Maya Gebeily for Aljazeera- Beirut – Past the barricaded checkpoints, the searching tents, and groups of men with walkie-talkies, hundreds of thousands of Shia Muslims gathered in Beirut’s southern suburbs on Tuesday, More »

Russian Military Escalates Provocation Campaign in Europe

BY ELIAS GROLL for Foreign Policy – Fresh from leading the Swedish Navy on a cat-and-mouse chase through the Stockholm archipelago for a mystery submarine, Russian armed forces have been out a More »

Mecca: The Sacred City review – an important study of one of the great religious sites

Ziauddin Sardar tells the story of Mecca with rare insight and passion By William Dalrymple – For The Observer, Muslim pilgrims on the Mountain of Mercy near Mecca, in 2012. Photograph: Hassan More »

The End for Iraq and Syria?

By Lord Michael Williams of Baglan Sykes-Picot drew lines in the Middle East’s sand that blood is washing away. Last week British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said the struggle against Islamic State More »

Principle, Rigor and Execution Matter in U.S. Foreign Policy

By George Friedman For Stratfor.com U.S. President Barack Obama has come under intense criticism for his foreign policy, along with many other things. This is not unprecedented. Former President George W. Bush More »

Children of the Caliphate

Foreign Policy – They stand in the front row at public beheadings and crucifixions held in Raqqa, the Islamic State’s stronghold in Syria. They’re used for blood transfusions when Islamic State fighters More »

Sufism in UAE: A short history

By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem There are few sources that talk about the history of mysticism in the Arab Gulf states and particularly in the United Arab Emirates. G.G. Lorimer, who is considered More »

Can the Houthis hold off Yemen’s new terror tide?

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – By Catherine Shakdam – As Yemen newly appointed Prime Minister Khaled Bahah gets ready to tackle the momentous task of leading a new coalition government at a time More »

 

The new era of combatting terrorism

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Dr.Amer Al Sabaileh for The-Levant.com – The launch of the airstrikes against IS marks a turning point and a long road ahead for the region, full of new and complex challenges. The focus of the fight against regional terrorism on

AFRICA’S REGIONAL NETWORK FOR YOUTH POLICIES EXPERTS LAUNCHED AT THE FIRST GLOBAL FORUM ON YOUTH POLICIES IN BAKU, AZERBAIJAN.

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Africa made history during the closing session of the just concluded First Global Forum on Youth Policies, held in Baku, Azerbaijan by announcing the birth of African Network of Youth Policy Experts (AfriNYPE) to advance the cause of youth policies

Some determinants of Iranian foreign policy in the Arab East

Asa'd Abu Khalil

By As’ad AbuKhalil – For Al-Akhbar – Iranian foreign policy has become far less shaped by the Islamic ideology of the Islamic Republic’s founder. Its policies are now similar to those of the other regimes of the region that are

Lebanon’s Shia defiant in face of ISIL threat

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Maya Gebeily for Aljazeera- Beirut – Past the barricaded checkpoints, the searching tents, and groups of men with walkie-talkies, hundreds of thousands of Shia Muslims gathered in Beirut’s southern suburbs on Tuesday, to commemorate Ashura. On this day, Shia Muslims

Russian Military Escalates Provocation Campaign in Europe

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BY ELIAS GROLL for Foreign Policy – Fresh from leading the Swedish Navy on a cat-and-mouse chase through the Stockholm archipelago for a mystery submarine, Russian armed forces have been out a series of provocative air force maneuvers near NATO

The Strange US-Israel Alliance

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By Uri Avnery – When A high-ranking official of one country calls the leader of another country “chickenshit”, it may be assumed that the relations between the two countries are not at their best. In fact, they may be considered

Mecca: The Sacred City review – an important study of one of the great religious sites

Muslim pilgrims at Mecca

Ziauddin Sardar tells the story of Mecca with rare insight and passion By William Dalrymple – For The Observer, Muslim pilgrims on the Mountain of Mercy near Mecca, in 2012. Photograph: Hassan Ammar/AP In the history of religion, and in

The End for Iraq and Syria?

Sykes-Picot drew lines in the Middle East’s sand

By Lord Michael Williams of Baglan Sykes-Picot drew lines in the Middle East’s sand that blood is washing away. Last week British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said the struggle against Islamic State was ‘effectively Iraq’s last chance as nation state’.

Principle, Rigor and Execution Matter in U.S. Foreign Policy

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By George Friedman For Stratfor.com U.S. President Barack Obama has come under intense criticism for his foreign policy, along with many other things. This is not unprecedented. Former President George W. Bush was similarly attacked. Stratfor has always maintained that

Children of the Caliphate

Children of the Caliphate

Foreign Policy – They stand in the front row at public beheadings and crucifixions held in Raqqa, the Islamic State’s stronghold in Syria. They’re used for blood transfusions when Islamic State fighters are injured. They are paid to inform on

Sufism in UAE: A short history

Almalid_almawlid in Dubai

By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem There are few sources that talk about the history of mysticism in the Arab Gulf states and particularly in the United Arab Emirates. G.G. Lorimer, who is considered one of the best historians and geographers that

Can the Houthis hold off Yemen’s new terror tide?

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THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – By Catherine Shakdam – As Yemen newly appointed Prime Minister Khaled Bahah gets ready to tackle the momentous task of leading a new coalition government at a time of such great political and economic uncertainty, his

The Case for US Intervention in the Middle East

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By Gary A. Grappo This article was first published in Fair Observer on October 23, 2014. Washington’s decision to enter war in Iraq for the third time in a quarter century is consistent with long-held US policy. The debate over

The Teenage Fans of ISIS

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By POLLY MOSENDZ for The Atlantic – ISIS’s online recruitment efforts have attracted the interest of young people far outside the Middle East. Last week, three teenage girls from America were picked up in Germany as they attempted to travel

ISIS looking to field captured Syrian jets

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By Gareth Jennings, for IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly – The Islamic State is training fighters to fly three combat jets the group has captured from the Syrian Arab Air Force, it was claimed on 17 October. The militant Sunni group

Evaluating Ebola as a Biological Weapon

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By Scott Stewart for Startfor.com Over the past few weeks, I’ve had people at speaking engagements ask me if I thought the Islamic State or some other militant group is using Ebola as a biological weapon, or if such a

Ukrainian crisis deepens despite Milan talks

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THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – Exclusive from Kiev, By Julia Lugovska – Situation in Eastern Ukrainian Donbas region still remains extremely tense, with the continuous shelling of the position of Ukrainian military and of the cities and local villages by the

A Nuclear Deal, Now or Never

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By Professor Vali R. Nasr for The New York Times — Like it or not, the calendar of voting — here and in Iran — is driving the negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program. A first, easy prediction: Don’t expect progress