Reactions to President Obama’s speech on developments in the Arab World were a striking reminder of just how deep and troubling the disconnect in the US-Israel-Arab relationship, and how dysfunctional politics in…
A few days back, The New York Times reported that President Obama was planning to deliver a major speech designed to “reset” US relations with the Arab World. I found the article…
The killing of Osama bin Laden – a man who was responsible for numerous acts of mass murder – should have been the end of a story. I have no doubt that…
The Middle East is in turmoil, its political map being rewritten by revolts against the status quo. But in the heart of this region, in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, actors, on all sides,…
While much of what has come to be known as “the Arab Spring” remains a work in progress, there can be no doubt that a new dynamic has been unleashed across the region – one that will have a profound impact as it continues to play out in the years to come.
What is most important to recognise is the fact that the developments that have unfolded since Tunisia have all been generated internally, putting to rest the patronising mythology of the neo-conservatives and their ilk, who had
“Will Arabs be able to form real democracies?” (or some variation on that theme) is a question I am frequently asked these days. After several exchanges with those who ask this question, I have come to realise that in most instances, in the backs of their minds, are a set of assumptions about what constitutes a “real democracy” and a rather na
The matter of bigotry against Muslims in America has been with us for quite some time now. In the past week, there were multiple incidents that served to catapult this problem to the forefront of national attention.
On Sunday, CNN broadcast a “Unwelcome: The Muslims Next Door” a remarkable documentary, produced by Soledad O’Brien, that tells the story of the conflict in Murfreesboro, TN over whether or not that town’s Muslim community would be allowed to build a new mosque.<br
For weeks now, President Barack Obama has faced a barrage of criticism from Republicans over his Administration’s failure to intervene in Libya’s ongoing conflict. The GOP’s assault accused the President of “weakness”, “dithering”, and “a lack of leadership”. But, coming from the same cast of characters who recklessly led us into Iraq, the attacks could be dismissed as partisan rhetoric.
Then, in what appeared to be a sudden about face, the Administration moved quickly to press
All too frequently these days, I am asked whether our past polling at Zogby International gave us any advance clues to the uprisings that have occurred in several Arab countries. The answer, of course, is no. We were surprised, as I believe were the demonstrators themselves, by the outpouring of support and the rapid growth of their movements in Tunisia, Egypt and beyond.
But while our polling couldn’t predict the uprisings, it nevertheless has been helpful in contributing to our
When speaking about the Arab uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and beyond, the language used here in the US is euphoric. Expressions like “nothing will ever be the same again” and “the existing order is being swept away” are common. But when the conversation comes home, the exuberant rhetoric is pushed aside and hard-nosed practicality becomes the order of the day. “The President had no choice,” the pundits said, “he had to veto. Republicans would have pounced on him and the pro-Israel