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Man claiming to be ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in this screenshot from video.
Al-Baghdadi speaking during Friday prayers at Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul on July 4, 2014.

Al Baghdadi And The Doctrine Behind The Name – OpEd

By Farhang Jahanpour When Ibrahim al-Badri al-Samarrai adopted the name of Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi al-Husseini al-Quraishi and revealed himself to the world as the Amir al-Mu’minin (the Commander of the Faithful) Caliph Ibrahim of the self-proclaimed Islamic State, the whole world had to sit up and take notice of him. The choice of the long title […]


Phantoms Of The Past: Britain’s Vote On Palestine Is A Nonstarter – OpEd

It would be intellectually dishonest to reflect on the British House of Commons’ vote of Monday, 13 October, on a Palestinian state without digging deeper into history. Regardless of the meaning of the non-binding motion, the parliamentary action cannot be brushed off as just another would-be country to recognise Palestine, as was the Swedish government […]

ASEM 10 Family photo
ASEM 10 Family photo

Why ASEM Is Vital To Indonesian Interest – OpEd

By Jamil Maidan Flores* Late last week, the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) held its 10th summit in Milan, Italy. The event involved 51 nations from the two continents plus two regional organizations, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the European Union. As European Council president Herman Van Rompuy pointed out, these 51 nations account for […]

Ebola virus
Ebola virus. Photo by CDC/Cynthia Goldsmith

The Criminal Side Of Ebola – OpEd

The Health Crisis is only one effect of the Ebola outbreak. Long term effects on the region’s ability to combat crime and provide safety and security for its citizens threaten to outlast the epidemic. International efforts to approach the outbreak should take an holistic approach at addressing the effect Ebola is having on organized crime […]


Iran To Benefit From Regional Unrest – OpEd

By Osama Al Sharif Iran could emerge as a winner from the open-ended war on the self-ascribed Islamic State (IS), which has shifted attention from Tehran’s attempt to expand its sphere of influence and improve its position as a regional powerbroker. With most countries in the region focused on stemming the tide of the IS […]