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Bosnia’s Struggle with Islamic Extremism

  Of the parties to the Yugoslav Civil War, Bosnia was the hardest hit. Sarajevo, the capital, was once the cosmopolitan epicenter of the Balkans. Some called it the Jerusalem of Europe, as it sits that the crossroads of Islam, Catholicism, and the Eastern Orthodox Church. In the years after the Dayton Peace Accords (the agreement bringing […]

DOJ Indicts Iranian Hackers

Seven Iranian hackers were indicted this morning by the Department of Justice for cyber-related crimes stemming from various attacks in 2012 and 2013 targeting financial institutions and a dam in New York. The announcement comes a little over two months after the implementation of the nuclear deal signed in July 2015 and the release of […]

End of Syrian Conflict Depends on US-Iran Nuclear Negotiations

For the last three years, I’ve said, in private discussions, that the Syrian conflict won’t be solved until the US and Iran come to some sort of agreement on Iran’s nuclear program. It looks like one is just over the horizon–but also far enough away that it still may not happen. There are, however, bogey’s […]

Rand Paul Continues His Embrace of Neo-Conservative Policies

In August, I wrote a column raising concerns about Rand Paul–a self-styled, pro-markets, anti-intervention libertarian who for many conservatives represents the only hope for a departure from the neoconservative hijacking of his party. My concern was that Paul appeared to be flirting with his party’s neoconservative side by flip flopping on Iran. He wrote me […]

Saudi Arabia Refused Seat on UN Security Council

After a concerted effort to obtain a seat on the UN Security Council, Saudi Arabia has declined to accept their new position citing the UNSC inability to solve regional conflicts. This just a few weeks after they decided against speaking at the UN General Assembly. In both cases, it is presumed that Saudi Arabia is […]

Is Rand Paul Going Neocon on Iran?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-shams/is-rand-paul-going-neocon_b_3784998.html This article originally appeared in Huffington Post. Two years ago, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), after giving a foreign policy speech at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Service, said, “Iran has a large undercurrent of people who like the West. They like our music, our culture, our literature, and so I think we can influence […]

US House Doesn’t Care About Diplomacy

Yesterday, the US House of Representatives passed legislation that further curtailed Iranian economic activity. These new sanctions seek to cut off Iran from selling its oil abroad. This year alone exports have dropped by 50 percent due in large part to sanctions already in place. The measure still has to pass the Senate, however. And […]

Kerry’s Israeli-Palestinian Adventure: A Bridge to Far?

Secretary of State John Kerry is wading into the no-man’s land otherwise known as the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process. Long the scourge of many diplomats, we shouldn’t be surprised that Kerry has chosen to attempt to solve the seven decades long conflict. (In Vietnam, he could have easily taken a cushy job, but he volunteered to […]

Limited Strikes: Another Bad Idea on Syria

“Unified limited action to support insurgents is the best hope of showing Assad that he can’t succeed,”Senator Carl Levin (D-MI), chairperson of the Senate Armed Services committee, said yesterday during an address at the Carnegie Endowment for Peace. Levin went further to say that he didn’t believe that US planes over Syrian airspace would be […]

Popular Coup Stymies Democracy in Egypt

The Egyptian path to democracy has been stymied by a people power backed military coup. Nothing good usually comes from the forceful removal of a democratically elected government, not matter how bad they are governing. Until July 3rd, the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood had been a model for remaining patient and not resorting to violence to […]

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