Posts Tagged: Islamic State
Reading the tea leaves to determine whether Al Qaeda or the Islamic State will lead the Islamist extremist world.
Unification of the Middle East, though not a caliphate, would be ideal, but unity would be a step in the right direction.
The Saudi-led coalition intervening in Yemen has more in common with 19th-century Europe than the 21st-century Middle East.
It is not between fundamentalist Muslims and Western governments.
Weapons are pouring out of Africa's most oil-rich country while extremist fighters tumble in.
Natural resource scarcity poses a far broader challenge to prosperity and national security than traditional military threats.
The problem isn’t a lack of "resolve." It's a lack of good outcomes and basic moral consistency.
Iran is a silent partner of sorts in the war against the Islamic State.
In the U.S. war on Iraq, hundreds of thousands died the sort of deaths that, if broadcast in an ISIS video, would have inflamed international opinion.
It's tempting to call ISIS "medieval" murderers. But from mass murder to drone strikes, atrocity is very much a part of our modern experience.