While the world media’s attention is fixed on the Israeli offensive in Gaza, the region’s other bloody conflicts rumble on. There is a sense locally that other crises are being ignored, especially by the Western media — at that this lack of attention only perpetuates the violence.
I come before you this morning at this important conference with many questions and no answers.
With Osama bin Laden's death in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in May 2011, al-Qaeda lost not only its figurehead and once-useful recruiting tool, but also a sense of direction born of impotence.
I want to speak today about the Middle East in global, not just American perspective. Of course, as I’m sure you know, it was Rear Admiral Alfred Thayer Mahan, the great American naval strategist, who first called West Asia and North Africa “the Middle East.” As he saw it, this was the regio