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June 1, 2018

India
A Few Thoughts on Narendra Modi’s Shangri-La Dialogue Speech

Earlier today Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered the keynote address at the International Institute for Strategic Studies’ Shangri-La Dialogue. Given India’s limited participation in recen…

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivers the keynote address at the IISS Shangri-la Dialogue in Singapore June 1, 2018. REUTERS/Edgar Su

March 6, 2018

Al-Qaeda
Al-Qaeda’s Resurrection

With the demise of the Islamic State, a revived al-Qaeda and its affiliates should now be considered the world’s top terrorist threat.

Members of al-Qaeda's Jabhat al-Nusra

January 9, 2018

Somalia
Al-Shabab

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. 

Al-Shabab in Somalia

January 14, 2013

United States
Mali: Vive La France

The French intervention in Mali deserves American applause and support, and thus far is getting both. While regarded for many years as one of Africa’s model democracies, Mali had a weak central gove…

July 12, 2017

Qatar
How Al Jazeera Amplifies Qatar’s Clout

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.

Al Jazeera English covers the 2011 Arab uprisings at its Doha headquarters.

July 30, 2014

Immigration and Migration
Dos Naciones Indivisibles on Es la Hora de Opinar

Two weeks ago, I was down in Mexico for the launch of the Spanish-language version of my book, Dos Naciones Indivisibles: México, Estados Unidos, y el Camino por Venir. During my time there, I had th…

May 1, 2017

Somalia
Al-Shabab

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

Middle East and North Africa
Al Jazeera Backs the Muslim Brotherhood

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

Middle East and North Africa
The al-Saud Do It Again

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…