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The Middle East’s new winners and losers

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“War,” said the ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus, is the “father of all things.” In view of the bloody—indeed barbaric—events in the Middle East (and in Iraq and Syria in particular), one might be tempted to agree, even though such ideas no longer seem to have a place in the postmodern worldview of today’s Europe.

Posted: November 6th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Isis a CIA-Mossad-MI5 creation?

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The supposed grand plan hits two birds with one stone: to pit Arab against Arab until they are too weak to face Israel, and to gather the Sunnis against Shiite Iran.

Posted: October 21st, 2014 in Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

New Asian security architecture: seeking partners

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As the United States and Nato launch air strikes on Islamic State extremists in Syria and Iraq, and as Russia faces sanctions for aiding Ukrainian rebels, a new security architecture is taking shape in Asia and Eurasia. In these regions, the concept of a new security architecture is now the subject of discourse among governments and also scholars, think tanks, and peace advocates.

Posted: October 14th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Brutal, simplistic

The threat posed by the so-called Islamic State is no longer confined to Iraq and Syria, or to Iraq and the Levant (as the alternative names of the insurgency-movement-group once suggested). Now the IS, or its brutally simplified ideology, may be taking root in the Philippines and elsewhere in Southeast Asia.

Posted: September 29th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

The quagmire in Iraq and Syria

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It must feel terrible for US President Barack Obama to enter the final years of his presidency ordering air attacks against Islamist rebel forces in Iraq and Syria.

Posted: September 18th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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