Middle East and North Africa

Supporting a Brittle Ally: Jordan’s Looming Crisis

October 14, 2014 by Conner Maher
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As the U.S continues airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Washington’s dependency on Jordan as one of its few remaining, stable allies in a region of insecurity has only deepened.

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An Interview with Ambassador Martin Dahinden

October 1, 2014 by Forum Staff
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Ambassador Martin Dahinden is currently the designated Swiss Ambassador the United States and served as the Director-General at the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation since 2008. Previously, he headed the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affair’s Directorate of Corporate Management, after having worked as Director of the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining from […]

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Standing Tall In Iraq Against the Islamic State

September 18, 2014 by Robert A. Caruso
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To actively shape a new Middle East, the U.S. must invest in our partners on the ground. The task is straightforward: we must build the capacity of moderate Sunni and Kurdish groups across the region, while isolating and ultimately combating the Islamic State (IS) and Iran’s allies.

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The Vetting Trap

September 9, 2014 by Ameya Naik
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To find suitable, verifiably moderate recipients for U.S. assistance in Syria, stop looking for guarantees that do not exist in a war zone.

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It Still Takes a Network: Defeating the Progeny of al-Qaeda in Iraq

July 31, 2014 by Travis Douglas Wheeler
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Testifying before the Senate in June days after the Islamic State seized Iraq’s second largest city, Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, implored lawmakers to temper their expectations regarding the American use of force.

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Dismantling the Sectarian Narrative

June 10, 2014 by Mowaffak Al-Rubaie
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For centuries, sectarianism has played a pivotal role in shaping the social, economic, security, and political relationships between and within various Muslim countries. Over time, the differences deepened to the extent that the two sects have engaged in all out warfare.

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