To say our region is in imminent peril is an understatement. Threats are emerging from all directions in many different guises. Most derive from warped ideologies that mask a will to power and territorial domination.
Amidst the noise of U.S.-led coalition bombings against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria, one could easily ignore one other major development in the region.
It was inevitable that in the debates roiling the West about the insurgent group now dominating the conflicts in Syria and Iraq — the Islamic State — commentary would appear implicating the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the increasingly barbaric mess.
World leaders came together in Paris this week to discuss and pledge support for a U.S.-led intervention in the Middle East against the Islamic State (IS). Many have wondered what position Iraq’s most immediate neighbors, in particular Turkey, might take.
Oh, what an impressive show NATO is putting on in the Welsh city of Newport! Tom Jones’ Green, Green Grass of Home is now peppered with tanks and missiles while Cardiff plays host to mighty warships. Enemies of the West must be quaking in their boots; except they’re not.
Last Sunday, Israel made the decision to declare nearly 1000 acres of land in West Bank as state land.
Efforts to create a coherent and unified response to the Islamic State threat continue to gather pace as Arab leaders met last Sunday in Cairo.
Over the past few weeks the international community has been stirred to action against the rising threat of extremism—the most destabilizing and dangerous global force since fascism.
The U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has issued a call for a concerted effort to tackle the ever-increasing threat of the Islamic State in its immediate neighborhood and beyond.