Middle East & North Africa

Egypt Cathedral Bombing Copt Christian Terrorism
A Rough Stretch in a Season of Waiting: Egypt’s Christians & the Cathedral Bombing

It took me a moment to comprehend. I opened my cell phone to check the news and saw the bold headline: 25 dead and 49 injured in an attack on the Coptic Orthodox cathedral. The spiritual center of Egyptian Christianity had been mercilessly violated.

An Open Letter to President-Elect Donald J. Trump: Pressure Pakistan to Release Asia Bibi
An Open Letter to President-Elect Donald J. Trump: Pressure Pakistan to Release Asia Bibi

Asia Bibi, a Christian mother of five, was sentenced to death for blasphemy after a dispute with her Muslim coworkers. She drank from the same water source they did.

Book Review Mindy Belz They Say We Are Infidels A People of No Strategic Importance: Middle East Christians & the Disregard of the Foreign Policy Elite
A People of No Strategic Importance

No one who reads They Say We Are Infidels by World Magazine editor Mindy Belz should ever doubt Christians are victims of ISIS genocide.

The Failure to Protect: Syria, the Christian Church, and Humanitarian Intervention
The Failure to Protect: Syria, the Christian Church, and Humanitarian Intervention

The Responsibility to Protect owes its greatest debt to a religiously rooted approach to achieving peace with justice, the Christian just war tradition.

Through a Glass Darkly: How Iranian Revolutionaries Blindsided America’s Secular Intelligence Community
Through a Glass Darkly

In the aftermath of the 1979 Iranian Revolution, a State Department official summed up the confused state of American intelligence when he exclaimed, “Whoever took religion seriously?”

Since the Iraq War President Donald Trump
Since the Iraq War

Let us hope President Trump will not follow the pattern of President Obama by overreacting to the Iraq War, while overlooking our best American foreign policy traditions.

Do Not Be Afraid – Help is on the Way
Do Not Be Afraid – Help is on the Way

In the midst of dire circumstances, civil society and church communities in Lebanon are providing necessary assistance to Syrian refugees. And the fulfillment of many refugees’ dreams rests on the generosity and sacrifice of countless individuals deciding to serve their community.

The Caliphate & the Cosmopolis
The Caliphate & the Cosmopolis

The point is not that one nation-state attacked another. It is precisely that the Caliphate attacked one of the cities in… let’s call it the Cosmopolis, the collection of cities that are the capitals of what was once Christendom.

STRATEGIC CASE FOR A SAFE HAVEN IN NORTHERN IRAQ
The Strategic Case for a Safe Haven in Northern Iraq

As the battle for Mosul gets underway, a new consensus is emerging about what should come next: The creation of a safe haven for Iraq’s three largest minority groups in the northern part of the country.