Indian PM’s Visit to Israel: High on Hype But Low on Deliverables

Separating the hype from the reality of the Modi visit to Israel is not an easy task. In part this is because of the personalities involved. Both Prime Minister Modi and his Israeli counterpart ‘Bibi’ Netanyahu are hyped up personalities. Take, for example, Bibi’s comment that the India-Israel friendship was “a marriage made in heaven.” […]

ISIS will lose Mosul and Raqqa. What happens next?

By Ishaan Tharoor The jihadists of the Islamic State are finally being driven out of their two main bastions: The northern Iraqi city of Mosul and the eastern Syrian city of Raqqa. For some three years, their ability to control these two urban centers, particularly Mosul, served as warped validation of their ambitions to build […]

India’s PM visit to Israel. In skipping Ramallah, he is telling Palestinians to put their house in order

By P. R. Kumaraswamy* Al Muqata’a, the headquarters of the Palestine National Authority, is not far from the King David Hotel where Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be staying during his visit to Israel. But these days, the 20-odd kilometres between the two places look like a light year, and both have travelled a significant […]

Trump’s travel ban still doesn’t make any sense

By Ishaan Tharoor It’s not surprising that President Trump was “very pleased” following the Supreme Court’s decision on Monday to partially reinstate the White House’s travel ban on refugees and citizens of six Muslim-majority countries. Two iterations of the controversial executive order prompted protests at airports and legal challenges, and both were thwarted by injunctions […]

Why Trump’s speech on terrorism was such a missed opportunity

By Quintan Wiktorowicz On Sunday in Saudi Arabia, President Trump delivered his first speech abroad, calling for stronger partnerships with Muslim-majority countries to destroy terrorists through military action and financial measures and to combat the “false allure of the craven ideology” that has inspired radicalization. While he avoided his campaign rhetoric about Islam and Muslims, […]

What Trump Needs to Tell the Middle East

By BRIAN KATULIS and MICHAEL RUBIN Donald Trump’s first priority on his maiden voyage as president must be to restore trust between the United States and its longstanding partners in the Middle East. America’s friends and allies in the region are eager for after years of turmoil and mutual suspicions under Presidents Bush and Obama. […]

Teleskof brings some hope for Christians In the Middle East.

By Ewelina U. Ochab , On November 2016, I visited some of the then recently liberated areas on Ninevah Plains: Quaragosh, Karamless and Bartallah, towns that Daesh took over in August 2014. It was a difficult trip. Despite having researched the situation under Daesh reign for multiple months before my trip, I was not prepared for […]

Trump is getting closer to collusion with Russia — in Syria

By Josh Rogin President Trump’s Wednesday meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the White House was not primarily about sanctions or Crimea or even Russian interference in the 2016 election. According to Trump, the U.S. government now looks favorably on the Russian-Iranian-Turkish plan for Syria. The problem is that plan is highly likely […]