King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia recently offered to host a meeting of Iraqi leaders in an attempt to end the political stalemate produced by the March 7 parliamentary elections.
However well-intentioned the Bush administration’s efforts to democratize Afghanistan and Iraq after occupying them may have been, the pre-existing ethnic and sectarian differences in these countries have proven to be serious obstacles to achieving this goal—particularly since democratization ups
Eight years and two general elections since reinventing itself as a constitutional monarchy, Bahrain’s ruling house of Khalifa has reversed progress on a once promising democratic reform agenda.
As in Iraq, the United States and its allies did achieve some important successes in Afghanistan. Not only was the Taliban regime driven from power after just a couple of months from the launch of the U.S.-led intervention in October 2001, but this was done with fewer than 3,000 U.S. troops.
Chas W. Freeman, Jr., esteemed iconoclast and president emeritus of the Middle East Policy Council, has just brought forth a volume of essays on U.S.
Middle East Policy Council executive director Thomas Mattair was recently interviewed by Al Jazeera on the topic of Iraq.
Note: This interview is conducted in Arabic.
Five years since the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, sectarian and political peace in Lebanon remains tenuous.
In this timely New York Times op-ed, Nicholas Krisof suggests that education is one of the best bulwarks against extremism in the Arab world.
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.