Middle East & North Africa

Foreign Policy ProvCast: Ep. 69 | The Future of Afghanistan and Vulnerable Afghans (Paul D. Miller)
Foreign Policy ProvCast: Ep. 69 | The Future of Afghanistan and Vulnerable Afghans

Paul D. Miller speaks with Mark Melton about the current situation in Afghanistan as well as what might happen in…

Lift US Sanctions on the Autonomous Administration for North and East Syria?
Lift US Sanctions on the Autonomous Administration for North and East Syria?

The Autonomous Administration for North and East Syria (AANES) is seeking international recognition as a legitimate government, but currently it is campaigning the US to lift sanctions on its territory.

The Return of Old Middle Eastern Empires
The Return of Old Middle Eastern Empires

What is emerging is a return of three ancient regional power centers, would-be Persian and Turkish hegemons wishing to once more dominate in the domain of their past empires. In the middle is an Arab and Jewish coalition, anxious not to fall prey to their old masters.

Foreign Policy ProvCast: Ep. 68 | America’s Enemies and Allies in the Middle East (Joel Rosenberg)
Foreign Policy ProvCast: Ep. 68 | America’s Enemies and Allies in the Middle East

In this episode, Joel Rosenberg talks about his latest book, “Enemies and Allies: An Unforgettable Journey inside the Fast-Moving & Immensely Turbulent Modern Middle East.”

Don’t Assume Russia and China Will Fumble Afghanistan Crisis
Don’t Assume Russia and China Will Fumble Afghanistan Crisis

The Afghanistan crisis may cause problems for China and Russia, but these countries also have opportunities and could avoid the possible pitfalls.

Iran as an Inspiration for the Taliban: From Governance to Human Rights
Iran as an Inspiration for the Taliban: From Governance to Human Rights

Among the voluminous commentary on the Taliban’s return to power, only a few observed its apparent desire to emulate the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Lebanon: Meet the ‘New’, Same as the Old - Najib Mikati
Lebanon: Meet the “New,” Same as the Old

The success of Prime Minister Najib Mikati in forming a government, where his predecessor-designate Saad Hariri had failed after trying for months to craft a political deal with Hezbollah, marks a clear tilt toward Damascus.

Marksism – No. 64: 9/11 Recall and Afghan Drone Horror
Marksism – No. 64: 9/11 Recall and Afghan Drone Horror

This week the editors discuss Marc LiVecche’s article about 9/11 and a report about the Pentagon admitting its drone strike against an aid worker in Kabul last month was a “tragic mistake.”

Joe Biden’s Drift Backward - Afghanistan
Joe Biden’s Drift Backward

Early on, President Joe Biden’s rhetoric promised a rejection of isolationism and a return to engagement. But his actions in Afghanistan speak volumes.