The recent series of dastardly and heinous attacks in places as dispersed as Baghdad, Beirut, Bamako, Kabul and Paris by myriad terrorist outfits ranging from the Taliban to Islamic State and al-Qaeda hold several important lessons for international efforts to counter terrorism.

Nov 23, 2015
WPS Sidhu

Last week had no shortage of shocking images to illustrate our collective paralysis in the face of the Mediterranean refugee crisis. A three year old boy dead on a beach, waves lapping around his shoes. Thousands of forcibly displaced people marching through the heart of Europe watched by silent onlookers. Borders going back up in Schengen under the guise of traffic control and migrant searches.

Sep 08, 2015
Sarah Cliffe
Europe, Middle East, Syria
Peace and Security

Welcome to what could turn out to be the most important, and potentially the most destructive, week in international diplomacy since the end of the Cold War.

Read the full World Politics Review article Iran Talks, Greece Crisis Open Make-or-Break Week for West

Jun 29, 2015
Richard Gowan
Europe, Middle East
Peace and Security

Unless the Syrian refugee emergency is treated as a truly global responsibility, we can't expect hard-pressed countries to maintain the generosity they have demonstrated since the crisis erupted.

Read the full Open Democracy article Syria’s refugees: a global responsibility

Jun 29, 2015
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria
Peace and Security

Europe is trying to help Libya stem the human trafficking trade that has imperiled the lives of tens of thousands of desperate migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea.

May 14, 2015
Richard Gowan
Europe, Middle East, Libya
Peace and Security

Last week, the United Nations was thrust back into the center of international crisis management in the Arab world. 

May 11, 2015
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria
Peace and Security

The UN embarked this week on a renewed bid to negotiate a political transition in Syria.

May 06, 2015
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria
Peace and Security

Is U.S. President Barack Obama the last great Cold War statesman?

Read the full World Politics Review article Iran Nuclear Deal Reveals Cold War Roots of Obama’s Statesmanship

Apr 06, 2015
Richard Gowan
Middle East, United States
Peace and Security

President Obama is laboring to defend not just the merits of a nuclear framework with Iran but how the finalization of such a pact would affect his ability to confront Tehran's growing influence.

Read the full Washington Examiner article After nuclear framework, will Obama be able to confront Iran?

Apr 07, 2015
Richard Gowan
Middle East, United States
Peace and Security

The U.S., Iran and other world powers reached a framework agreement, curbing Iran's nuclear program for at least 10 years. Joy Reid, Fred Kaplan, and James Traub discuss the historic achievement and the critical reaction to it.

Apr 03, 2015
James Traub
Middle East, United States

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