Middle East & North Africa

Bush-Congress Letter
Time to Revive the 2004 Bush-Congress Letter to Israel

Obama’s decision to reject the Bush-Congress letter soured U.S.-Israel relations. From the Israeli perspective, it was a betrayal. But it was also a setback to the cause of peace.

Firebase Bell Iraq War
News Flash: We’re at War (Still)

It may come as a surprise to the president, but key members of his national-security team say America is at war.

Kurdistan Peshmerga
Ministers Say Kurdistan Struggling to Pay Peshmerga

The KRG’s Karim Sinjari insists few Peshmerga fighters have deserted but warns there may be more desertions if Kurdistan cannot pay them.

Assyria
A Human Picture of Assyria

Juliana Taimoorazy gave an impromptu speech that painted a human picture of Assyria for those in the audience.

Safe Havens
Safe Havens and Christians’ Middle East Engagement

Robert Nicholson spoke about his organization’s work in the Middle East and about his article in the inaugural edition of Providence, which argued for autonomous safe zones where ethnic communities can provide their own security.

Soft Power
Soft Power and Preparing for an Iraq after ISIS

On April 2 at Providence’s “Islam, the Middle East, and Christian Engagement with the Middle East” event in Middleburg, Virginia, Chris Seiple spoke about how Americans and Christians could use soft power to engage with various communities.

A New Christian Zionism

From the winter 2016 print edition

Obama Doctrine Moral Courage
Moral Courage, Obama-Style

As the Obama White House sees it, much of the D.C. foreign policy “establishment” is “doing the bidding of their Arab and pro-Israel funders.” Translation: foreign policy experts who disagree with the president do not have the best interests of the United States in mind. This week some members of the so-called foreign policy establishment fired back.

Nonproliferation
Obama’s Nonproliferation Record Earns Failing Grade

If one actually looks at the risks of nuclear war as well as the likelihood of proliferation at the start of the President’s term compared to now, the Obama’s nonproliferation record earns a failing grade. This becomes clear when one reflects on the Russian nuclear posture, the much ballyhooed Iran deal, and the situation in nuclear North Korea.