There is consensus amongst the Arab news media, regardless of their country of origin or ideological leaning, that the Islamic State is a terrorist organization.
The most airstrikes can achieve is the containment of the Islamic State through limiting its ability to expand geographically. They can not lead to its eradication.
There is great concern that Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s rule is fueling radicalization. Violence and terrorism in Egypt have increased markedly since the July 2013 coup, as the regime continues to close off avenues for peaceful political dissent.
The international community should move beyond military aid to support Lebanon’s real strengths: its moderate, pluralist, and vibrant society.
Will President Obama’s U.N. speech and Security Council resolution resonate with leaders of Muslim countries and others around the world?
The global response to the Islamic State is playing directly into the hands of militants.
Airstrikes targeting the Islamic State, as well as regional involvement with the United States, could produce an extra surge of recruits and provide more momentum and grist to the jihadist group.
Qatar’s new leadership is reverting to a more pragmatic foreign policy and addressing the fallout from its support for Islamist movements in the region.
Following the U.S. announcement of a strategy against the Islamic State, the Carnegie Middle East Center held a talk to analyze the direction of American foreign policy and the creation of an international coalition to tackle the Syrian-Iraqi crisis.
A new national guard could help bridge Iraq’s sectarian divide. But it must be accompanied by diplomatic efforts to reach out to Sunnis and prevent outside meddling.