Opinion

I Care about the Fate of Christians in Lebanon and the Levant

I Care about the Fate of Christians in Lebanon and the Levant

My colleague Ambassador Ed Gabriel (ret.), President and CEO of the American Task Force on Lebanon (ATFL), recently gave a presentation about Christians in the Middle East, and it pushed me to consider the genesis of my own involvement in Middle East affairs.
Why Donald Trump is Really Keeping US Troops in Syria

Why Donald Trump is Really Keeping US Troops in Syria

Trump’s main reason for keeping U.S. forces in Syria is not about Iran. It’s about stopping Iraqi oil from getting to Damascus.
Ilhan Omar Is Right—The Pro-Israel Lobby Has Too Much Influence in Washington

Ilhan Omar Is Right—The Pro-Israel Lobby Has Too Much Influence in Washington

The vilification of the freshman Congresswoman by the political class in the U.S. is merely an attempt to conceal uncomfortable truths. If the U.S. is serious about rooting out foreign influence over its government, it must question the role of AIPAC and its allies.
Revealed The REAL Reason Why the EU Has Knocked Back Turkey’s Bid to be an EU Member

Revealed: The REAL Reason Why the EU Has Knocked Back Turkey’s Bid to be an EU Member

Turkey’s human rights record has once again dogged Ankara’s admission to the EU, but it’s not the real reason for derailing the process.
Baby of British Teenage ISIS Bride Dies Days After UK Government Revokes Her Citizenship

Baby of British Teenage ISIS Bride Dies Days After UK Government Revokes Her Citizenship

In unilaterally revoking Shamima Begum’s UK citizenship, the British government is taking an extremely dangerous direction that contravenes the principles of democracy and international law.
Illusions of Tolerance Pope’s Visit to UAE

Illusions of Tolerance: Pope’s Visit to UAE

Pope Francis’ visit to Abu Dhabi may be the UAE’s effort to rebrand itself as an open and tolerant society, but many see it as little more than window dressing.
Egypt’s Ongoing Crackdowns: Prison Sentence for Activist Denouncing Sexual Harassment

Egypt’s Ongoing Crackdowns: Prison Sentence for Activist Denouncing Sexual Harassment

The case of Amal Fathy, a civil rights activist sentenced to two years in prison for calling on the government to prevent the sexual harassment of women, epitomizes the attack on free expression across the Middle East.
Extremists in Syria’s Idlib Threatened by Own Success

Saudi Arabia and Public Opinion: Can Mohammed Bin Salman Change the Narrative?

The global media has seized control of the Saudi narrative, away from reform, technology, and NEOM to focus on human rights and civil liberties in the kingdom. Can Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) regain control of the talking points, or will sensational stories about Saudi citizens continue to dominate the headlines?
Why Don’t Muslims Denounce Extremist Terrorism? They Do!

Why Don’t Muslims Denounce Extremist Terrorism? They Do!

Since the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Arab World has known endless cycles of death and destruction. It has also suffered sickening terror in the hands of Islamic extremists.
Can Washington Count on Saudi Arabia to Rebuild Syria

Can Washington Count on Saudi Arabia to Rebuild Syria?

The regime of Bashar al-Assad has “won” the Syrian conflict, but the Syrian people are far from living in a peaceful or stable country. The United Nations (UN) estimates that Syria’s reconstruction will cost at least $250 billion.