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All the Ayatollah's Men

Some Westerners are puzzled that Iran’s foreign policy remains as bellicose today as it was in the time of Ayatollah Khomeini. But history shows that the regime’s foreign policy is designed to maintain its ideological identity.

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.

Unfinished Mideast Revolts

The era of U.S.-approved, iron-fisted Arab dictators is over. Washington must get used to a Middle East in which public opinion matters to a much greater extent, anti-Western sentiment abounds and political Islam emerges as a major force.

West's Afghan Hopes Collide with Reality

The outcome in Afghanistan won't resemble the vision of America and its allies, who wanted a strong, Western-aligned central government keeping the Taliban at bay. The goals should now be less ambitious.

A Mutiny Grows in Punjab

Securing Pakistan is far more important than “victory” in Afghanistan. And the U.S. counterinsurgency campaign is only stoking extremist flames in the Hindu Kush. Washington must pull back.

How to Succeed in Politics

The Tea Party movement is blazing its agenda across America. But this is a movement without a cause. If the Whigs, Populists and Feminists can be co-opted by the Democrats and Republicans, this newest third party will suffer the same fate.


Why Afghanistan Doesn't Trust Nawaz Sharif

Pakistan's prime minister has two sides.

Morocco as Role Model

Egypt, Syria, and the rest of the Arab world could learn from Morocco's peaceful and plural society.

Arab Spring or Islamic Spring?

The relations between Islamist and nationalist politics are more complicated than one would expect.


What is the Freedom Agenda?

Romney's recent comments on the Middle East are about politicking, not policy.

Abdullah Convokes the Muslims

Syria. The Arab Spring. Regional strife. The Saudi king's conference will have no shortage of agenda items.

Michele Bachmann's Plot To Defame Huma Abedin

The congresswoman and her conspiracy-theorist confreres are fighting phantasms. 

Books & Reviews

Al Qaeda Rises in Yemen's Chaos

How the deadly offshoot of the infamous terror group got its start.

Qutb and the Jews

The conventional wisdom says Sayyid Qutb is the forefather of modern-day Islamic fundamentalism. What is less known is how the thinker's intense anti-Semitism and contempt for female sexuality contributed to this vulgar worldview.

Terror In Extremis

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April 17, 2014