February 6, 2016


Syria diplomacy suspended as Russian-backed Assad forces advance

Jerusalem Post, 6/2 UN Special Envoy on Syria Staffan de Mistura… [more]

Syria diplomacy suspended as Russian-backed Assad forces advance Syria diplomacy suspended as Russian-backed Assad forces advance

WHY THE ARAB SPRING FAILED: THE CULTURAL ROOTS OF THE ARAB PREDICAMENT, A REVIEW ESSAY OF TAREK HEGGY’S THE ARAB COCOON AND THE ARAB MIND BOUND

Click here for PDF Every year, life in the Arab Middle East… [more]

WHY THE ARAB SPRING FAILED:  THE CULTURAL ROOTS OF THE ARAB PREDICAMENT, A REVIEW ESSAY OF TAREK HEGGY’S THE ARAB COCOON AND THE ARAB MIND BOUND WHY THE ARAB SPRING FAILED:  THE CULTURAL ROOTS OF THE ARAB PREDICAMENT, A REVIEW ESSAY OF TAREK HEGGY’S THE ARAB COCOON AND THE ARAB MIND BOUND

SDF Plays Central Role in War Against IS

A more detailed report on the SDF, deriving from information… [more]

SDF Plays Central Role in War Against IS SDF Plays Central Role in War Against IS

IRAN AND RUSSIA: SIMILARITIES AND IMPLICATIONS FOR DECISIONMAKING

Click here for PDF In light of the July 2015 nuclear agreement… [more]

IRAN AND RUSSIA: SIMILARITIES AND IMPLICATIONS FOR DECISIONMAKING IRAN AND RUSSIA: SIMILARITIES AND IMPLICATIONS FOR DECISIONMAKING

Taking the Fight Back to Islamic State

In northern Syria, a new military alliance is making headway… [more]

Taking the Fight Back to Islamic State Taking the Fight Back to Islamic State

CHINA’S MIDDLE EAST FOREIGN POLICY AND THE YEMEN CRISIS: CHALLENGES AND IMPLICATIONS

  Click here for PDF This article examines the broad… [more]

CHINA’S MIDDLE EAST FOREIGN POLICY AND THE YEMEN CRISIS: CHALLENGES AND IMPLICATIONS CHINA’S MIDDLE EAST FOREIGN POLICY AND THE YEMEN CRISIS: CHALLENGES AND IMPLICATIONS

Taking the Fight Back to Islamic State

The Australian, 23/1   In northern Syria, a new military… [more]

Taking the Fight Back to Islamic State Taking the Fight Back to Islamic State

ISRAEL IN FACE OF EVOLVING SECURITY CHALLENGES

Click here for PDF Since its establishment in 1948, Israel has… [more]

ISRAEL IN FACE OF EVOLVING SECURITY CHALLENGES ISRAEL IN FACE OF EVOLVING SECURITY CHALLENGES

THE IRANIAN NUCLEAR PROGRAM AND REGIONAL INSTABLITY

Click here for PDF The following transcript addresses the Iranian… [more]

THE IRANIAN NUCLEAR PROGRAM AND REGIONAL INSTABLITY THE IRANIAN NUCLEAR PROGRAM AND REGIONAL INSTABLITY

Syria diplomacy suspended as Russian-backed Assad forces advance

Jerusalem Post, 6/2 UN Special Envoy on Syria Staffan de Mistura this week announced the suspension of just-convened peace talks in Geneva intended to resolve the Syrian civil war.   The failure of the talks was predictable, and foreseen by most … [Read more...]

SDF Plays Central Role in War Against IS

A more detailed report on the SDF, deriving from information obtained during my visit to Syria in December 2015, appeared in Jane's Intelligence Review in January 2016. Following is a link to the report, which is behind a paywall and can be accessed … [Read more...]

Taking the Fight Back to Islamic State

In northern Syria, a new military alliance is making headway against IS Kobani is a good place to start.  This once anonymous Kurdish town on the Syrian-Turkish border was the subject last year of the predatory intentions of the Islamic State.  … [Read more...]

Taking the Fight Back to Islamic State

The Australian, 23/1   In northern Syria, a new military alliance is making headway against IS   Kobani is a good place to start.  This once anonymous Kurdish town on the Syrian-Turkish border was the subject last year of the predatory … [Read more...]

Invitation: Symposium in Honor of the Late Prof. Barry Rubin: “Israel in a Changing Middle East”

  The Rubin Center for Research in International Affairs cordially invites you to   A Symposium in Honor of the Late Prof. Barry Rubin: “Israel in a Changed Middle East”   Sunday, February 7th, 2016, at 8:30am Carol and Joey Low … [Read more...]

An Account of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi & Islamic State Succession Lines

Abu al-Waleed al-Salafi, whose complete history of Jamaat Ansar al-Islam I have previously translated, has also written Twitter essays on Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and compiled lists of names of individuals who came to hold key … [Read more...]

Eclipse of the Caliphate

Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, in the last days of 2015 is a place that appears to have risen from a near-death experience. In the summer of 2014, the fighters of the Islamic State (IS) got to within 45 kilometers of this city. Around 30 … [Read more...]

ISIS Is Retreating – but ISIS Isn’t the Main Problem

On a recent reporting trip to Iraq and northern Syria, two things were made apparent to me — one of them relatively encouraging, the other far less so. The encouraging news is that ISIS is currently in a state of retreat. Not headlong rout, but … [Read more...]

The Islamic State, Turkey, & Transportation

The Guardian recently published a story based on documents captured by the Kurdish YPG forces after expelling the Islamic State (IS) from the town of Tel Abyad in northern Raqqa province on the border with Turkey. The documents concern issues of … [Read more...]

Archive of Islamic State Administrative Documents (cont.)

The original raw archive of Islamic State administrative documents I began back in January 2015 now contains well over 300 specimens to view in the original and in translation. Owing to technical issues, no further specimens can be added to the … [Read more...]

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