As the ISIS / Sunni militia advance in Iraq continues, so do the accusations about who ought to be held responsible for the current state of affairs in the country.
Analysis of foreign affairs problems often ends in a mental block.
Sky News recently interviewed Middle East Policy Council executive director Dr. Thomas R. Mattair on how the Obama administration is responding to the advances of ISIS in Iraq. The interview, below, is conducted in Arabic
The Struggle for Iraq's Future: How Corruption, Incompetence and Sectarianism Have Undermined Democracy
There are few examples of a modern nation-state so rapidly deteriorating into the abject condition of today's Iraq. Many may argue that it was inevitable that this Mesopotamian Eden would collapse once it was free of Baathist authoritarianism.
The title of Greg Muttitt's Fuel on the Fire: Oil and Politics in Occupied Iraq is a pun. His dual theme is that the United States enflamed a sectarian war in Iraq in a divide-and-rule strategy ultimately aimed at establishing control over the country's oil.
This slender volume is packed with many insights. A collection of short chapters, some not much longer than op-eds, reveals author Mark Katz's wisdom and prudence when it comes to the use of military power, and the need for patience and persistence when pursuing long-term objectives.
In this clip from our recent conference, U.S.