History's Role in Contemporary Policy
"...the fall of Mosul does not represent the end of ISIS, and it might not even represent the beginning of the end"
The tragic events in San Bernandino and Paris last year were indisputably deliberate acts of terrorism in which innocent, unarmed civilians were killed. Rooted in these acts was the exploitation of a zealous religious ideology, which is crucial to understand if we are to defeat the organizations and the ideology that promotes their activities.
The question is ultimately whether the world is experiencing a short-term market disruption or an entirely new equilibrium over lower prices. This distinction will, of course, have huge effects on future Saudi policy.
Web Columnist Brian Solender explores the nature of the new American foreign policy in the Middle East
By recognizing how domestic considerations play a part in Iranian foreign policy, we can better understand why their pronouncements seem to be at odds with their commitments.
While Jordan continues to consolidate the Hashemite political rule over the country, and to assert its stable position amidst regional conflict, it is also necessary to consider key aspects of the economy like energy security, and to move towards a more self-sufficient electricity and fuel economy.
Amar Zaidi investigates the state of journalism in Pakistan
Julia Ellis examines the "jihadi brides" phenomenon
Amar Zaidi's latest essay for CPR
"On HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, Sam Harris and Ben Affleck clashed in a heated debate over 'Islamophobia' and criticism of Islam. The core of Harris’s argument was that “we have to be able to criticize bad ideas” and that criticizing Islam, which he termed “the motherlode of bad ideas,” was not akin to “bigotry towards Muslims as people." "
Brina Seidel covers the first World Leaders Forum event with Tunisian President Mohamed Moncef Marzouki
Web Columnist Daniella Greenbaum defends AIPAC against the charges made by Connie Bruck in her recent essay for the New Yorker, "Friends of Israel"
Eliot Sackler's take on the current crisis in Gaza
"As such, Israel should wait for one of two things to happen before entering any formal negotiations with the Palestinians: either the unity government is dissolved, or Hamas renounces terrorism."
Given the complexity of the rapidly-unfolding crisis in Gaza since then, the CPR editorial team has decided to compile the diverse set of responses we have received from members of the Columbia community.
"Hamas continues to terrorize, and Israel continues to pulverize, but neither side sustains substantial gains. If nothing else, the current escalation proves, without a doubt, that there are no winners."
"Saying that, with such a system, Israel should simply ignore the rockets is the epitome of malarkey, akin to saying that a person wearing a bulletproof vest should not mind that his neighbor regularly shoots at him."
"Perhaps it is difficult to think of the Islamic State as an actual state because the vocabulary we use to discuss the region is so entrenched in our political maps. The media’s confusion over the organization’s name—ISIL or ISIS?—demonstrates the difficulty of escaping to a time before Sykes-Picot."
"Of course using any one event as the basis for a grand narrative is shoddy intellectual work. But denying the way in which any one event illuminates and contributes to the larger narrative is equally faulty."