March 6, 2018
With the demise of the Islamic State, a revived al-Qaeda and its affiliates should now be considered the world’s top terrorist threat.
January 9, 2018
Al-Shabab remains capable of carrying out massive attacks in Somalia and surrounding countries despite a decade-long African Union offensive against the Islamist group.
July 12, 2017
One of the world’s most-watched news networks is at the center of a geopolitical rift between a Saudi-led bloc and the broadcaster’s funder, Qatar.
June 23, 2017
Reading selections for the weekend of June 23, 2017.
January 14, 2014
Gamal Mubarak or Omar Suleiman? Omar Suleiman or Gamal Mubarak? Not too long ago this was what many Egyptians and virtually any westerner who had an interest in Egypt were asking. Everyone had …
May 1, 2017
The Somalia-based Islamist insurgent group al-Shabab has proved resilient, committing brazen terrorist attacks at home and abroad, despite strategic setbacks in recent years.
November 7, 2013
I’ve done several blog posts questioning the impartiality of Al Jazeera as a news source (for example, here), but even so I was amazed by a line in the Washington Post today. In an article entitled "…
January 24, 2015
In 2001 to 2003, after the 9/11 attacks, more and more analysts predicted the demise of the House of al-Saud. I recall classified intelligence analyses saying this, and a good example of the journali…
December 26, 2013
This week Russian experts added their voices to those of French experts who had examined Yasser Arafat’s remains to determine if he was poisoned.
"French experts have ruled out a theory that Yasser …
September 26, 2013
Qatar will be the host of the 2022 World Cup, and has underway what may total $100 billion in construction projects.
But the tiny emirate has a tiny native population, and 90% of those living there …