Although the United States intervened in Iraq after it began its intervention in Afghanistan, it is withdrawing from Iraq first. Therefore, what the United States has and has not accomplished in Iraq will be discussed first.
Absent the 9/11 attacks and the George W. Bush administration’s reaction to them, the War on Terror may not have come into existence in the way that it has. There certainly would have been Islamic radicalism as well as clashes between it and Western governments.
In November, Egypt will hold parliamentary elections to determine the political balance in the lower house, the 8th such event since the constitution of 1971 went into effect. This year’s campaign has not been free of controversy.
The phrase "War on Terror" was popularized by President George W. Bush and his administration in the aftermath of 9/11. It has been widely criticized ever since then. Terror, after all, is a tactic. How, many asked, can war be waged against a tactic?
Mark N. Katz, visiting senior fellow at the Middle East Policy Council, discusses Russia's foreign-policy stance and objectives in the Middle East in the pages of Russian Analytical Digest:
At the beginning of September, the Bahraini government arrested 23 Shia opposition politicians on charges of inciting acts of terrorism and plotting the government’s overthrow.
The “War on Terror” was launched by President George W. Bush in the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. At first, the “War on Terror” appeared to go quite well for the United States and its allies.
The frenzied media coverage of the evacuation of Jewish settlers from Gaza did not present many perspectives from the Palestinian side. When I visited Gaza in July, it was somewhat difficult to feel sympathy with the young protesters who had taken over Palestinian homes and a vacant hotel.
Much has been made of the new diplomatic role of Turkey in the Middle East. However, the recent release of American Sarah Shourd from Evin prison in Iran – brokered by the Sultanate of Oman – has highlighted the unobtrusive diplomatic prowess of Muscat.
At a time when Israeli and Palestinian leaders are engaged in face-to-face talks, it might be wise to recall that the winners of the most recent (2006) Palestinian elections, Hamas (the Islamic Resistance Movement), are not at the table.