Middle East & North Africa

Ted Cruz speaks in Iowa
Ted Cruz, Realpolitik, and the Future of the Middle East

Perhaps like no other Republican presidential candidate, Senator Ted Cruz exemplifies the nation’s conflicted conscience over the direction of U.S. foreign policy in the age of terror. Should the United States promote democracy in the Middle East, or should we learn to live with Arab dictatorships, even as we seek to defeat and destroy the Islamic State?

FDR on USS Quincy at Great Bitter Lake
FDR’s Appointment at The Great Bitter Lake: 14 February 1945, Part 1

President Barack Obama evoked howls of disapproval from his opponents when, in early 2009, he bowed before King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz, the absolute ruler of Saudi Arabia. This high profile encounter—the President was attending a G-20 Summit in London—provided a marked contrast with the almost entirely overlooked first meeting of a President and the monarch of the Desert Kingdom.

Syrian Refugees
Scandal: U.S. Christian Groups Prioritize Muslim Refugees over Christian Ones. Here’s Why

Christians have been targeted for death, sexual slavery, displacement, cultural eradication and forced conversion by ISIS. The U.S. government’s response has been woefully inadequate — neither helping them defend themselves and stay, nor providing them asylum to leave. And now, to add insult to injury, they are casualties of the agencies contracted to resettle refugees in America.

Vicar of Baghdad spoke on Christian and Yazidi genocide
This is not Genocide…

According to the Obama Administration, this is not genocide.

Obama Africa
America and Africa after Obama

The next American president should shape the United States’ Africa policy in response to three questions: How can America help constrain Islamicist violence in the African Sahel? What can America do to help counter state collapse in the roughly 34% of Africa where there is no effective state control? How can American foreign policy best encourage economic growth in the rising parts of Africa (taking into account China’s growing presence in Africa)?

Evangelicals Help Drive U.S. Support for Israel
Evangelicals’ “Intensity” Drives Israel Support

Based upon his findings in a recent opinion poll, Shibley Telhami attempts to explain why evangelicals are more likely to support Israel intensely.

The Knesset in Jerusalem
A Strong American Horse—In Jerusalem

Nothing could demonstrate a new direction in American Mideast policy better than for the next administration to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move our embassy there overnight.

Middle East
Toward a New Vision for the Middle East

From the Print Edition: a bold vision for moving toward peace

Donald Trump
The Donald Trumps Morality

Donald Trump’s comments about going after terrorists’ families are immoral and point to common misconceptions about the ethics of war