Is A Break-Up Of The Middle East Inevitable?
From Syria to Iraq, it is becoming more apparent that any solution likely will involve some sort of partitioning of those countries. Lanis Andoni, an analyst and commentator on Middle Eastern and Palestinian affairs, believes the break-up of the Middle East into “sectarian splinters” is simply a self-fulfilling prophesy.
“While it is true that the 2003 Iraq War triggered the rise of sectarian groups, many Arab political leaders, religious preachers and even some intellectuals have been fanning sectarian hatred and bigotry to serve what is essentially a struggle for power and influence,” she writes.
“What we are witnessing is an ugly sectarianisation of Arab societies that is affecting people’s outlook, terminology and attitude as people get trapped in superficial trenches that cloud minds and close hearts.”
Complex Nuclear Landscape Requires Sober Strategy
Whichever presidential candidate assumes office in 2017 will be facing a global nuclear landscape that is incredibly disordered and is filled with greater risk and complexity than at any time since the collapse of the Soviet Union, argues Rebecca Hersman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
With China and Russia taking bolder efforts to assert themselves in their neighborhoods and rogue nations continuing to pursue nuclear weapons, the US will need to adopt a strategy that matches those threats and that recognizes its role as a global champion of nuclear nonproliferation and the fundamental guarantor of security against nuclear intimidation.
“This role re- quires a nuclear force and posture that is not only safe, secure, and effective but also credible, demon- strable, and sustainable. And it will require Ameri- can leadership—at home, with allies, and in the face of potential adversaries—for whom the disordered world ahead may be a very scary place,” concludes Hersman.
A Leftist, Secular Town In ISIS’ Backyward
Rojava is one of two Kurdish frontlines in the war with ISIS, but it is drawing the attention of the West because of its status as an independent, Kurdish utopian system that is emerging in an otherwise chaotic country.
It is made up of three cantons — the Afrin Canton in the West, Kohane Canton in the center and the Cizre Canton in the East, all of which are working with many local and international players to push back ISIS, reports The New York Times.
Darius Bazargan produced a short documentary about Kurdish Syria for the BBC’s Our World called Rojava: Syria’s Secret Revolution