Middle East and North Africa


What Syria’s Refugees Told Me: The Ongoing Crisis and Our American Values

Author: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
FOX News

I sat in the resort town of Izmir, Turkey, in a clean and dimly lit living room filled with eight children sporting sweet smiles and bare feet. They played and joked like children anywhere, except they were undernourished and underdressed for the biting winter chill that was pushing me to zip up my lined winter parka.

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The Iran Nuclear Deal Is Actually Far From Over

Author: Amy J. Nelson
Washington Post

Remember the Iran nuclear deal, source of so much anxiety just one month ago? While much of the world watched in horror at the aftermath of the attacks in Paris, Iran began dismantling its centrifuges. But short-term compliance with the deal isn’t as important as what happens when it expires in 10 years.

See more in United States; Iran; Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament; Treaties and Agreements


How to Defeat the Islamic State

Author: Max Boot

Testifying before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Senior Fellow for National Security Studies Max Boot discussed current weaknesses of the U.S. position on Iraq and Syria, as well as what can be done to defeat the self-declared Islamic State in the wake of the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris.

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Foreign Affairs Article

Digital Counterinsurgency: How to Marginalize the Islamic State Online

Author: Jared Cohen

The Islamic State, or ISIS, is the first terrorist group to hold both physical and digital territory: in addition to the swaths of land it controls in Iraq and Syria, it dominates pockets of the Internet with relative impunity. But it will hardly be the last. Although there are still some fringe terrorist groups in the western Sahel or other rural areas that do not supplement their violence digitally, it is only a matter of time before they also go online.

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How Does Israel Regulate Encryption?

Authors: Matthew C. Waxman and Doron Hindin

Recent terrorist attacks and resulting questions about the limits of surveillance have rekindled debate about how governments should deal with the challenges of powerful, commercially available encryption. With active debate in the United States and Western Europe surrounding this issue, it is instructive to note that Israel has been regulating encryption for decades.

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Rejecting Syrian Refugees Goes Against American Ideals

Author: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
FOX News

Thursday, the House voted 289 to 137 to press “pause” on bringing more Syrian refugees to the United States without first imposing even more stringent screening measures on the new arrivals fleeing the savagery, starvation and indiscriminate bombings of their nation’s civil war.

See more in Syria; United States; Refugees and the Displaced; Congresses, Parliaments, National Legislatures