Middle East & North Africa

Lebanon, Both Free and Hostage

Once more, Lebanon’s imposed hostage status to Iran comes to light with the latest normalizations between Israel and both the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

Bruno Maçães: “History Has Begun: The Birth of a New America”

Portuguese political thinker Bruno Maçães’ sweeping new book History Has Begun: The Birth of a New America proposes that America…

Ep. 55 | Religious Freedom in the Middle East after Genocide (Podcast with Nadine Maenza)
Ep. 55 | Religious Freedom in the Middle East after Genocide

In this episode, Nadine Maenza talks about religious freedom issues in the Middle East, especially in Iraq where the Yazidis…

The Armenian Genocide and America’s Rise to Global Power: Book Review of Charlie Laderman Sharing the Burden
The Armenian Genocide and America’s Global Role: A Review of Laderman’s Sharing the Burden

Charlie Laderman’s “Sharing the Burden” provides a thoroughly researched and highly compelling account of how the Armenian question acted as a catalyst for an emerging American-British geopolitical alliance and the United States’ rise as a predominant actor in the international arena.

Pakistan Aligns with Hamas and Turkey, Follows Worrying Trend
Pakistan Aligns with Hamas and Turkey, Follows Worrying Trend

Following the Hagia Sophia’s conversion to a Muslim mosque this August, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Arif Alvi called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to congratulate him.

Chinese Aid Threatens Pluralism in Lebanon
Chinese Aid Threatens Pluralism in Lebanon

If the West remains interested in promoting pluralism in the Middle East and preserving one of the oldest Christian communities in the world, it must turn its eyes to Lebanon and provide suitable alternatives to Chinese intervention. Failure to do so could be a crucial and catastrophic mistake.

Pakistan's Religious Discrimination Harms Young Girls the Most
Pakistan’s Religious Discrimination Harms Young Girls the Most

A ruling in July allowed Maira Shahbaz to leave her abductor and stay at a women’s shelter. But this month the Lahore High Court chose to send her back to her captor.

Joel Rosenberg on Israel-UAE Coup

Here’s my chat with author and Mideast savant Joel Rosenberg about the diplomatic breakthrough between Israel and the United Arab…

Iraq Must Dismantle the Popular Mobilization Forces

Popular Mobilization Forces in Iraq now pose a threat greater than the services they once provided.