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Hungary
Hungary


Hungary: Going In The Wrong Direction? – Analysis

By John R. Haines “This country’s history was written by its enemies…We are the descendants of the Scythian-Hun people, who at one time ruled all of Asia…Our enemies encouraged us to forget that we were Huns…to deny our origins and deprive us of hope in the future in order to subjugate us once and for […]

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US flag


US Influence Drip-Dripping Away – Analysis

By Adam Garfinkle In a post penned on July 29, after a particularly noxious display of U.S. diplomatic malpractice related to the still-persisting Gaza War, I wrote that, “when the U.S. government loses the ability to influence Israel, those Arab parties that want something to do with Israel—but not too much in public—lose interest in Washington. Thus […]

Flag of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant
Islamic State flag


The Third Chechen War? The Islamic State’s Imagined Qoqaz Caliphate And Russia’s Fractious Ciscaucasia – Analysis

By John R. Haines “And this my ancient dolorous agony, intensified by the dreadful centuries, is fastened upon my body, from which there fall, melted by the blazing sun, drops that unceasingly pour upon the rocks of Kaukasos.” — Aeschylus, Prometheus Unbound (Fragment 107) “God forbid that the conquest of the Caucasus might leave a […]

Frame from al Hayat recruiting video “Let’s Go for Jihad” in English and German.
Frame from al Hayat recruiting video “Let’s Go for Jihad” in English and German.


The Islamic State’s Electronic Outreach – Analysis

By Lawrence Husick Over the past several months the world has witnessed a new media creation of jihadis – al Hayat (“life”) Media Center (not to be confused with the liberal pan-Arab newspaper of the same name) – and has seen a new level of sophistication in messaging and brutality in content, and of effectiveness […]

Afghanistan
Afghanistan


Can Afghanistan Survive Its Presidential Election? – Analysis

By Richard Kraemer Nearly thirteen years since the United States and its allies undertook one of the largest efforts at nation building in recent history, prospects for Afghanistan’s future peace and prosperity are facing critical threats. The Taliban and affiliated insurgent groups continue to destabilize much of the countryside. Uncertainty as to prospects of a […]

Pilgrims at the Masjid al-Haram. Source Al-Haram mosque, Wikipedia Commons.
Pilgrims at the Masjid al-Haram, Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Source Al-Haram mosque, Wikipedia Commons.


James Foley And Battle For Soul Of Arab And Muslim Worlds – OpEd

By S. Abdallah Schleifer As an American Muslim and as a journalist, I am more than appalled by the murder of James Foley and the murder video. If I were King of Whatever/Wherever, I would go to war—to wipe out these IS perverts — perverters not just of Islam but of all the decencies known […]