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Managing Europe's Migration Crisis

The capsizing of a vessel holding roughly 700 migrants bound for Italy from Libya marks the single largest loss of life since 2011, when the current wave of crossings began. Unfortunately, it is neither the first nor last tragedy of its kind. Show More Summary

An interview with Libya's ambassador to the United Nations

Civil war-torn Libya is rapidly approaching the status of a failed state -- and providing a haven for transnational terror and criminal organizations. The leader of Ansar Al-Shari'a, the largest jihadist group in Libya, has pledged allegiance to ISIS. Show More Summary

The Mediterranean Refugee Crisis

Overloaded Boat of Refugees Crossing the Mediterranean The civil wars that are tearing apart Libya and Syria are precipitating yet another humanitarian crisis as boat loads of desperate refugees attempt to cross the Mediterranean in order to seek asylum in the European Community. Show More Summary

Yemen: Another Failed U.S. Military Intervention

In addition to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya, yet another U.S. military intervention is in shambles: the U.S. drone war against al Qaeda's most potent regional affiliate--al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). Heretofore, despite the...Show More Summary

Libya's Descent to a Failed State

Nearly four years after NATO-backed rebels toppled the former Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi, the North Africa country has plunged into chaotic unrest. The failure of last year's election to achieve political unity in Libya was most evident...Show More Summary

The Future of the Middle East

When I'm watching videos of ISIS destroying ancient statues or news coverage of the wars in Yemen, Libya, Syria, and Iraq, I'm thinking about other "victims" of the current turmoil in the Middle East--my students at the American University of Beirut. Show More Summary

American People Should Hold War Lobby Accountable For Libya Debacle

Will America ever again be at peace? A new war always seems to start before the last one ends. The U.S. is bombing targets in Syria and sending troops back into Iraq. Yet Washington's involvement in Afghanistan persists as the administration slows the withdrawal of American forces. Worse, pressure is building for the U.S. Show More Summary

New Pressures on the UN Security Council to Lift Its Arms Embargo on Libya

Pressures mounted on the United Nations Security Council yesterday to lift its international embargo on arms to the Libyan government. In an interview with journalist Valerio Robecco, Libyan UN ambassador Ibrahim Dabbashi said, "A time limit should be set for militias to leave the capital and a government of national united needs to be formed. Show More Summary

ISIS Jihadi Madness a Legacy of America's "Shock and Awe"

As I watch the black clad ISIS Jihadis rampage across Iraq and Syria and Libya, wantonly decapitating their enemies, setting their captives alight and committing atrocities against Yazidi women and girls - among other Arab and Iraqi women - two things come to mind. Show More Summary

The Italian Dilemma

Vibo Marina, Italy. February 16 2015 There is a lot of news out of Libya today and none of it is good. The rescue of two thousand boat migrants from the hands of gun-wielding smugglers led the early bulletins but was later overshadowed by reports that Egyptian jets had struck Islamist militias. Show More Summary

Libya is the New Syria: How ISIL Exploited the Post-Gaddafi Vacuum

The Obama administration, and its French and British lackeys, heralded the toppling of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 as a humanitarian triumph. However, predictably, the decapitation of the Libyan state directly enabled the...Show More Summary

Yemen = (Somalia + Libya) / Syria x Saudi Arabia + Iran

What do the Paris terror attacks and the failing, chaotic nation of Yemen have in common? Far too much it turns out. Until the horrific events in Paris, the dangerous jihadi underground express running to and from Europe and the U.S....Show More Summary

Cemetery in the Sea Betrays Europe's Moral Crisis

Last Tuesday, a baby boy was born on an Italian Navy ship in the Mediterranean. The mother, a young Eritrean woman, was among 430 refugees picked up in the Straight of Sicily, as she made the dangerous trip to Europe from Libya. TheShow More Summary

The Unraveling of the Arab Spring Narrative

Four years ago, Tunisia and the Egypt erupted in broad popular revolts. At first, analysts, Arab and Westerners alike, were confounded. When Libya, Bahrain, Yemen, and Syria followed, in short order, the upheavals came to be described...Show More Summary

How to Lose to the Islamic State: Obama Administration Considers Deploying Troops to Iraq, Focusing on Assad in Syria

In 2009 President Barack Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize before doing much of anything. Since then he has initiated two wars, first in Libya and now in Iraq and Syria, and escalated another, in Afghanistan. Alas, he has demonstrated...Show More Summary

Libya -- What Happened?

It's appropriate that I will mark my 30th birthday in Cairo. The last time I was in Egypt I was a Twitter-obsessed self-proclaimed revolutionary with intellectual crushes on all the other self-proclaimed revolutionaries tweeting the horrors and hilarities of toppling regimes. Show More Summary

Can the Helpless Bet on Journalists?

A decade and few years working as a journalist taught me few good things. Few but enough to help me pave my way to the truth whenever it's a bit clear for someone like me to see. I went to Libya, Somalia, Syria, Iran, Egypt, Gaza, Sierra Leone, Venezuela, London, Davos, etc... Show More Summary

Weekend Roundup: Why the Arab Spring is Still Flowering in Tunisia

The savagery of ISIS, the slaughterhouse of Syria's civil war, the marauding militias in Libya and the restored autocracy in Egypt have devoured the hopes of the Facebook generation that spawned the Arab Spring. In Tunisia alone theShow More Summary

ISIS, Libya, NATO, and Preventing the Next 9/11

Those who call for immediate military action rarely have a long-term strategy. That is why America's march of folly from Iraq to Libya has been a recruiting tool for jihadist forces, including ISIS. As a member of Congress before and...Show More Summary

How Will Europe's New Foreign Policy Chief Cope With the "Ring of Instability"?

BERLIN -- Europe is surrounded by a ring of instability. With conflicts festering from Ukraine to Iraq to Libya, the perennially elusive question is what Europe stands for. How do its values, interests, and ambitions fit into an increasingly...Show More Summary

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