The U.S. needs to act quickly to stop the Islamic State from overrunning the Kurds in the Syrian border town of Kobani. The fall of Kobani would have a devastating impact not just on the Kurds in the region, but on the credibility of America’s anti-ISIS strategy as well.
Something very curious is happening in Turkey. The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its leader, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, appear to have been rattled by the Istanbul demonstrations that started on May 31. With the world’s attention on Gezi Park in Taksim, they seem to be at a loss as to how […]
There is an unremarked paradox in the tumult of the contemporary Middle East. Syria is an economically impoverished country of a little more than 20 million people that has been politically stagnant until 23 months ago. Egypt, by contrast, never socially at rest and with its ancient energies newly bestirred, is at 80.5 million people […]