July 14, 2014

Sitting on a Powder Keg

Harsh Pant, The Telegraph

The Associated Press

The Middle East is back, and back with a bang. For some time now, the West — the United States of America in particular — had lulled itself into believing that if it would only ignore the region, its problems would go away. After all, at a time of diminishing economic resources in the West, the Indo-Pacific, with a rising China at the centre of its changing strategic landscape, was the region that deserved greater attention. The strategically diffident Barack Obama administration embraced this thinking with great enthusiasm partly for sound economic reasons and partly because it saw no need for the US to get bogged down in the millennium-old Shia-Sunni feuds.

Read Full Article ››



July 8, 2014
Obama's Chickens Coming Home to Roost
Victor Davis Hanson, NR
Barack Obama has done some crazy things that seemed for years to have no ramifications. Unfortunately, typical of the ways of Nemesis (a bitter goddess who waits until the opportune moment to demand payment for past hubris),... more ››
July 9, 2014
The Battle for Baghdad
Patrick Cockburn, London Review of Books
Shock at the disintegration of the army in Mosul and other Sunni-majority districts of northern Iraq is still determining the mood in Baghdad weeks later. The debacle marks the end of a distinct period in Iraqi history: the... more ››
July 10, 2014
Future of Oil Hangs on Iraqi Politics
Meghan O'Sullivan, Bloomberg View
Fears that events in Iraq will send global oil prices soaring have abated. Yet, the crisis has potentially huge implications for oil. Under any conceivable outcome to the current situation, oil production from Iraq will fail to... more ››
July 11, 2014
Why the Caliphate Will Devour Its Children
Philip Jenkins, Daily Beast
The pan-Islamic caliphate that Muslim extremists want to establish carries within it the seeds of its own destruction. more ››