The Deepening Chaos in Sinai
A security vacuum in the Egyptian peninsula has created a dangerous haven for terrorists and all sorts of illicit actors.
A Modest Post-Assad Plan
Should Assad fall, the ensuing chaos and difficulty will be immense, and calls will rise for U.S. humanitarian intervention. Ambitious initiatives likely will fail, but compelling arguments can be made for going in small.
The Salafi Awakening
In the wake of Egypt’s revolution and subsequent elections, Westerners have focused on the Muslim Brotherhood. But the Egyptian Salafis, more fundamentalist than the Brotherhood, bear watching as well.
Armed with pitch-perfect talking points for the Facebook generation, a clique of fortunate sons in the Middle East is set to take over their fathers' sclerotic dictatorships. But this is not regime change. Monarchy is back.
Think that state sponsors of terror are pulling all the strings? Think again. Countries like Iran and Syria may play a big role in the terrorism underworld, but they’re quickly losing control over rogues that bite the hands that once fed them.
Keeping the Lid On
The negative effects of an Iraqi civil war can be mitigated, even if the conflict itelf cannot be quelled.