Journal Article | May 6, 2013 01:30 AM | Comments(5)

Syria is already in crisis but the death or departure of President Bashar al-Asad is likely to intensify violence and destruction in the country, not quell it.

The pressures on Yemen are centrifugal rather than centripetal, by which the power of the center is weakened to the benefit of poles of regional power. These centrifugal forces could make it...

Journal Article | February 22, 2013 02:25 AM | Comments(2)

As someone who was born and lived in Iraq, I witnessed much of what Dr. Sassoon describes and believe that his analysis is profound and accurate.

Journal Article | February 4, 2013 02:25 AM | Comments(2)

A model for the Iraqi military that seeks to minimize the threats of sectarianism, insurgency, and rampant unemployment over the next five years through mandatory conscription—a...

Journal Article | February 4, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(3)

The Surge was only one piece of a broader confluence of events, critically the Shiite victory in the civil war, the formation of “Sons of Iraq” groups, the cease-fire of the Mahdi Army,...

Journal Article | October 22, 2012 04:30 AM | Comments(1)

Regional proxy wars between Iran and the Arab Gulf are using Lebanon as their figurative prostitute.

The Syrian regime’s use of shelling and aircraft are now being complimented with wholesale executions in rebel-controlled neighborhoods.

Journal Article | September 25, 2012 03:30 AM | Comments(5)

Without international intervention, Syria will continue to slip into deeper sectarianism, which is the worst case scenario for Iraq.

Journal Article | August 29, 2012 03:35 AM | Comments(1)

Lebanon has a political system, security force, and national memory to weather the current storm. 

Pointer to an interview by frequent SWJ contributor Bob Tollast.