Hands Off the Antiquities
U.S. cultural policy will become key as wars throughout the Middle East and North Africa give way to reconstructions.
Mahmoud Abbas and the Years of Terror
Mahmoud Abbas’s role in Palestinian politics was forged in the bloody years of the Second Intifada, when he became the anti-Arafat. But the events of those years also foreshadow the indecision and timidity that have plagued him since.
Mosul Mourns Its Minaret, Sort Of
Al-Hadba‘a, the Hunchback Minaret adjoining the al-Nuri Mosque, gave Mosul its famous sobriquet. Destroyed by the Islamic State, the iconic monument is now being remembered for what it never was.
Georgia is caught between Russia’s destructive designs and the West’s lukewarm regard.