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
It’s an honor to have been asked once again to address this important annual conference on U.S.-Arab relations. The theme of this year’s discussion is “transition within constancy.” I confess I’m still trying to figure out what that means. My best guess is that it’s something like “progre
Saddam Hussein, the son of poor Sunni Arab peasants, formally ruled Iraq for almost 24 years. Yet, even for the U.S. and Soviet superpowers, gaining access to the intentions of his autocratic regime and its discussions behind closed doors was unusually difficult. During the U.S.
Brian Katulis, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and a member of the Middle East Policy Council board of directors, has penned a piece for CNN on the rising violence in Iraq. Dismissing claims that U.S. forces should have remained in Iraq, Mr.
The Iraqi firebrand Moqtada Al-Sadr has returned to Iraq almost four years after his last public appearance in the country.
Many fear (and many others hope) that American withdrawals from Iraq and Afghanistan will lead to a takeover of these two countries by radical Islamic forces, who will then be in a stronger position to spread to neighboring countries. The U.S.