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In just under a week, the Iranians and the Americans say, they will present an answer to Iran’s nuclear programme. In reality, they are only likely to raise more questions....(full article)

There are key strategic forces, including demographics and energy supplies, that are pulling the US and Iran closer together. While this may seem farfetched given the current state...(full article)

Political blocs, including Houthis, sign deal authorising president and PM-designate to form government of technocrats....(full article)

After decades of corrupt dictatorships and rising Islamism, a brief glance across the region reveals that the blood of Sunni and Shi’ite spatters almost every cobblestone fro...(full article)

A common enemy brings Iran, Saudi Arabia closer....(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Tehran Should Keep Its Hands off Yemen - The National

Anyone who thinks the Houthis are acting in Yemen’s best interests is mistaken. They do not even have the right to speak in the name of all the Yemeni people. Rather, their strat...

Yemen's Peril Is a Threat to the Whole Region - The National

Whatever it is that the Houthi rebels are planning in Yemen, it is certainly not going to be for the benefit of all Yemenis, or the GCC. That is the unmistakable impression of the ...

In Yemen, Fears of Anarchy or Civil War - Adam Baron , Al Jazeera

While the Houthis' military prowess obviously played a key role in their stunning victory in the capital, the importance of their political moves should not be dismissed: by aligni...

Iran's Coup d'Etat in Yemen - Daily Star

Yemen and other countries in the region have become the chessboard where Arab countries, Iran and states outside the Middle East are vying for influence....

The Price of Abandoning Yemen - Ibrahim Sharqieh, New York Times

In 2011, Yemenis rejoiced at the toppling of their dictatorial president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, who had ruled for 33 years. It was the third successful revolution of the Arab Spri...

How Britain Became Yemen of the West - Andrew Gilligan, Daily Telegraph

Britain’s role as a chief exporter of terror was made horrifically clear this week. We examine the key failings of government and security forces that allowed home-grown jiha...

'Sorry Our Drones Hit Your Wedding Party' - Gregory Johnsen, BuzzFeed

On December 12, 2013, a drone struck and killed 12 members of a wedding party in Yemen. If the U.S., which claims the strike was clean and justified, didn’t pony up the $800,000 ...

Why ISIS Has Eric Holder Spooked - David Francis, The Fiscal Times

When the Islamic State took western Iraq in a matter of days, President Obama downplayed the threat the insurgent group posed to the United States. “I think it’s important fo...

America Needs a Clear Drone Policy - Christian Science Monitor

As the US again steps up drone attacks, the need for a clear policy on the use or sale of military drones becomes more urgent....

1 Attack Left This Country in Total Darkness - Peter Kelly-Detwiler, Forbes

The rapid advance of jihadists throughout Iraq unnerves us. The goal of establishing a radical Islamist caliphate – providing a haven to thousands of violent individuals with a h...

Resurrecting the Jihad in Yemen - Almosawa & Johnsen, BuzzFeed

Although it is unclear to what degree Nahdi’s views on violent jihad have evolved over the past two decades, his new position — as a high-ranking security officer in Ye...

America's Epic Failure in Yemen - Almosawa & Dickey, The Daily Beast

At times, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, as it’s called, openly taunts the Hadi government and its American backers. On March 29, it released a video of hundreds...

CIA's Bro Culture Does Yemen No Favors - Jeb Boone, Vice

During my time covering Yemen’s 2011 youth uprising against former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, it was more difficult to identify quality qat than to finger American spooks....

Bihani: Pacifist Yogi or al-Qaeda Threat? - Carol Rosenberg, Miami Herald

Ghaleb al-Bihani is either a one-time, gun-toting cook from war-torn Afghanistan turned yoga-practicing pacifist inside Guantánamo’s communal prison blocks — or he is a traine...

Obama Will Never End the War on Terror - Hirsh & Oliphant, Nat'l Journal

The new term being used: "elongated imminence," which means that a president doesn't have to deem the country under immediate threat of attack before acting on his or her own....

Yemen's New Nightmare - The Daily Star

The acceleration of security incidents in Yemen should not come as a surprise, as such tension has been brewing for a long time now, but nonetheless, it should act as a stark warni...

Yemen Is the Surprise Story of the Arab Spring - The National

Unlike Egypt and Tunisia, Yemen seemed unlikely to make much political progress. Yemenis’ protest rallies in 2011 were overshadowed by the country’s deep underlying pro...

America's Bloody Messes in Yemen - Hooria Mashhour, Washington Post

December 12 was supposed to be a day of celebration for the al-Ameri family. A young bride traveled to her wedding with her relatives in Bayda province, Yemen. But in a few dark se...

A Year of Strife -- and Hope -- in the Mideast - The National

At the beginning of this year, many observers believed that this region had finally settled on a new path. The tumult of the Arab Spring had given way to a sense of destiny for som...

Is al-Qaeda Outdoing the U.S. on Truth Telling? - Peter Bergen, CNN

In a video message released on Sunday, a leader of al Qaeda in Yemen apologized for an attack on a hospital in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa earlier this month in which civilians wer...

U.S. Drones Doing More Harm than Good - The National

Over the course of the war in Afghanistan, several US airstrikes went awry, targeting Afghan wedding parties and killing civilians. Such attacks increased anger in the country agai...

Britain Up to Its Neck in U.S.'s Dirty Wars - Seumas Milne, The Guardian

The war on terror is now an endless campaign of drone and undercover killings that threatens a more dangerous world....

The New War on al-Qaeda - Bloomberg

Six months ago, President Barack Obama told the American people that the end of the U.S. war against al-Qaeda was approaching. Three months later, a threat from al-Qaeda’s Yemen ...

The Slow Death of American Defense - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

The bottom may be starting to fall out of the U.S. defense budget. I do not refer to numbers when I say this. I am not interested in numbers. I am only interested in public support...

The Coming Water Wars - Gordon Chang, World Affairs Journal

Yesterday, nations went to war for land. Today, our conflicts involve energy. And tomorrow, Brahma Chellaney writes, the battles will be about water. The award-winning author belie...

The American War You Don't Hear About - Ryan Goodman, The Guardian

No act of government calls for greater debate and deliberation than the decision to commit the country to war. The recent civil war in Syria sparked a national conversation in the ...

Imagining a Remapped Middle East - Robin Wright, New York Times

The map of the modern Middle East, a political and economic pivot in the international order, is in tatters. Syria’s ruinous war is the turning point. But the centrifugal for...

Al-Qaeda's Strongest Weapon in Yemen: Drones - Joseph Cox, Vice

The U.S. is helping al-Qaeda in Yemen, it just doesn't know it....

How to Beat al-Qaeda in Yemen - Gregory Johnsen, Bloomberg

Drone strikes can be an effective weapon. And the administration’s reluctance to put boots on the ground is understandable. But while the Obama administration is unlikely to ...

The Secret Blueprint for al-Qaeda's Jihad - Rukmini Callimachi, AP

TIMBUKTU, Mali (AP) -- A year before he was caught on an intercept discussing the terror plot that prompted this week's sweeping closure of U.S. embassies abroad, al-Qaida's top op...

Obama's War by Wordplay - Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post

Obama does not like this terror war. He particularly dislikes its unfortunate religious coloration, which is why Islamist is banished from his lexicon. But soothing words, soothing...

How al-Qaeda Won the Arab Spring - Marc Lynch, Foreign Policy

The failure of most of the Arab uprisings has therefore been an extraordinary gift to al Qaeda. It has restored the potency of the terror organization and its arguments, while the ...

Dealing with the McQaeda Franchise - Fareed Zakaria, Time

On the broader question of the state of al-Qaeda, there is room for debate. Al-Qaeda Central, the organization based in Afghanistan and Pakistan, is battered and broke. But the ide...

Is Arab Chaos America's Problem? - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

The conventional wisdom is that such chaos is bad for the United States: that anarchy anywhere presents a challenge and threat to the American people. That is certainly true in a v...

Al-Qaeda in Arabia: The Recurring Threat - The Guardian

Efforts to decapitate the leadership of affiliates are being countered by the birth of new ones....

Don't Show Weakness in the Face of al-Qaeda Threat - USA Today

If al-Qaeda is strong enough to force the closing of 19 U.S. diplomatic posts across thousands of miles of northern Africa and the Middle East, any notion that the group is decimat...

Note to America: Yemen Is a Real Place - Brian Whitaker, The Guardian

Yemen is a real place where people are demanding social justice and democracy. Their cause is only harmed by the U.S....

America's Chronic Overreaction to Terrorism - Ted Koppel, Wall St Journal

The country's capacity for self-inflicted damage must have astounded even Osama bin Laden....

Al-Qaeda's Legion of Doom - Eli Lake & Josh Rogin, The Daily Beast

It was not just any terrorist message that triggered U.S. terror alerts and embassy closures -- but a conference call of more than 20 far-flung al Qaeda operatives....

America Cannot Afford Global Paralysis - New York Times

The United States cannot fail to take reasonable precautions at its embassies, but neither can it be paralyzed and shut down its diplomatic functions for prolonged periods. The emb...

How We Lost Yemen - Gregory Johnsen, Foreign Policy

For much of the past four years the United States has been firing missiles into Yemen. Drones, ships, and planes have all taken part in the bombardment, carrying out at least 75 s...

Unstable Yemen a Greater Threat than Terrorism - The National

When the US's state department announced over the weekend that its embassies across the region would be shut due to a perceived terror threat, it stopped short of identifying a par...

How Yemen Chewed Itself Dry - Adam Heffez, Foreign Affairs

In a little over a decade, Sana’a, Yemen, might become the world’s first capital to run out of water, turning its millions of citizens into water refugees. A major caus...

Al-Qaeda in Yemen: On the Ropes - Peter Bergen & Jennifer Rowland, CNN

In the past three years more than 30 al Qaeda leaders and other senior operatives in Yemen have been killed by U.S. drone strikes, according to a count by the New America Foundatio...

Can Obama Make the Legal Case for the War on Terror? - Rosa Brooks, FP

Normally, law professors thrive on confusion: We foment it in the classroom whenever possible. But while confusion is good for the law student soul, it's not so good for the execut...

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