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  • It is Terrorism by Daish, Not Jihad by Islamic State

    Terrorists pursuing an atavistic agenda through the brutal killing of common people are not performing jihad. They only seek to legitimize their vile acts in the name of Islam.

    December 05, 2016

    Significance of the Jordanian Parliamentary Election

    The most significant outcome of the Jordanian parliamentary election has been the participation of the Islamic Action Front (IAF), the political wing of the officially banned Muslim Brotherhood. In many ways, this election is a test of King Abdullah’s commitment to electoral reforms.

    September 28, 2016

    The End of an Era in Uzbekistan

    President Islam Karimov’s foremost contribution to the region and the world is to shield Uzbekistan from the onslaught of radical Islam.

    September 26, 2016

    Syria: The Cease-Fire that was and wasn’t

    The Kerry-Lavrov agreement did not work because those who had to cease fire were not willing to abide by it.

    September 23, 2016

    Whither Turkey?

    Turkey is going where President Erdogan wants to take it to, as those who do not agree with him are too intimidated to stand in his way.

    August 17, 2016

    Erdoğan’s Visit to St. Petersburg: A Measured Russia-Turkey Rapprochement

    While a Russia-Turkey rapprochement is driven by their particular national interests, its trajectory and outcome are likely to be shaped by the interplay of several geo-economic and geo-political factors.

    August 16, 2016

    The Failed Coup in Turkey - The Road Ahead

    The Failed Coup in Turkey - The Road Ahead

    The coup has seriously dented Turkey’s image as a stable, secular, progressive and prosperous country. And Erdogan's witch-hunt has tarnished the country's reputation and credibility. Turkey’s polity and economy will take a long time to recover from the crippling attrition of recent days.

    August 02, 2016

    Saudi-Israeli Rendezvous: Does it indicate a Policy Change?

    Saudi-Israeli Rendezvous: Does it indicate a Policy Change?

    It is early days to speculate on the likely outcome and possible trajectory in Saudi-Israeli engagement, but Eshki’s visit has so far been the clearest indication of Saudi willingness to engage with the Jewish state.

    July 29, 2016

    The Attempted Coup in Turkey: What Next?

    The Attempted Coup in Turkey: What Next?

    Erdogan and Gulen were allies until 2013 when a corruption scandal erupted and Gulen’s followers in the judiciary and police investigated ministers and officials close to Erdogan.

    July 20, 2016

    The Chilcot Report on Blair and the War on Iraq

    One cannot say that Chilcot has come up with any startling or original insight. But it is useful to have solid documentary evidence in a consolidated form for the conclusions generally accepted.

    July 11, 2016

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