The Yemen Conflict Isn't a Sectarian War—Yet
April 03, 2015
Framing the conflict as Sunni vs. Shia oversimplifies the complex political landscape within Yemen. More importantly, it could become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Five Arab Countries Are Supporting Obama's Strikes in Syria. What's Their Strategy?
September 23, 2014
Here's what they stand to gain from it.
A Q&A with Vali Nasr.
It all comes down to what the U.S., Iran, and Saudi Arabia decide to do.
An interview with Olivier Roy.
Iraq Is Back on the Brink of Civil War
May 08, 2013
Sectarian strife is the worst it's been in many years—and Syria isn't helping.
An Israeli Strike, An American Message
May 04, 2013
How the bombing of weapons in Syria sends a message to Iran, too.
The End of Arab Nationalism
July 12, 1991
It is now a little more than half a century ago that George Antonius (an Alexandria-born Greek Orthodox writer of Palestinian background) published his manifesto, The Arab Awakening. All the grand themes of Arab nationalism were foreshadowed in Antonius's work: the "secularism" of the Arab nationalist movement, the primacy of the PanArab movement over "smaller" loyalties, the fragmentation of that movement at the hands of the colonial powers, and the presumed centrality of the Palestinian question to the entire Arab world. Antonius wrote with an Anglo-American audience in mind.