The Arab World at an Inflection Point

The region’s leaderships are making a set of strategic choices as consequential as the ones their predecessors made earlier, and it has an opportunity to make much better strategic choices than it made in the past, and there are signs it is beginning to do so—but not in every case. Read More Here

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The Naked Ayotollah

The role of Iran’s Supreme Leader, based on a claim to embody the same infallible, divine authority as the Prophet Muhammad, contradicts centuries of Islamic doctrine. It is a wholly made-up office, and its legitimacy has never been more in doubt. Read More Here

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The Promise And Pitfalls Of Indian Foreign Policy

Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar recently won plaudits, particularly in Muslim countries, for his confident assertion of the country’s strategic autonomy concerning the Ukraine war. But then the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party unleashed more Hindu-chauvinist rhetoric, severely damaging India’s standing in the Islamic world. Read More Here

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Six Wrenches That Twist The Mind

From War and Anti-war: Making Sense of Today’s Global Chaos by Alvin and Heidi Toffler (Warner Books 1993) Each of these mind wrenches is designed to exploit the mass media to sway emotions in mass societies. Atrocity accusation Hyperbolic inflation of the stakes involved in a battle or war (soldiers and civilians told everything they […]

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