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.
The officers and staff of the Middle East Policy Council extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Peter Gubser, humanitarian and scholar, who died this week. Over the past three decades, Peter brought wisdom, dignity and good humor to both his charitable and his intellectual work.
In light of the serious setbacks to U.S. efforts to advance Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, the Middle East Policy Council is highlighting three relevant articles published in our journal since the Madrid peace conference was held in 1991.