Secretary of State Colin Powell used to talk about the Pottery Barn Rule: If you break something, such as a foreign government, you’ve bought it. Unfortunately, the U.S. has a long history of intervening and leaving chaos behind. This is what I call the Blowback Rule of unintended consequences.
As Easter dawns Sunday, Catholic Relief Services and other humanitarian relief agencies in Baltimore and across the U.S. are reaching out to Christians and other religious minorities facing persecution in the Middle East. This month Secretary of State John Kerry declared that Islamic State attacks on Christians and other minorities constitute genocide.
Matthew Van Dyke, the native Baltimorean, self-made freedom fighter and film documentarian, emerged from the shadows last week to report his latest adventure with a Tweet: "I am in #Iraq helping to raise a Christian army to fight #ISIS
The term "Al Jazeera effect" was coined to describe the way the Qatar-based channel and new media were changing politics and power dynamics in the Middle East the last decade. But I believe we have been seeing a variation of it in Ferguson, Mo., the past week with a similar shift in American perception as a result.
The recent alignment of American and Iranian strategic interests, which last significantly occurred with the unseating of the Taliban in 2001, should not merely be viewed as a fleeting moment in which coordination — or even cooperation — between the two countries is possible. Rather, it should be taken as an opportunity to re-evaluate Iran's behavior as a state more generally and juxtapose it with the type of threat posed by ISIS.
As expected, former Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi won the latest Egyptian election for president by a landslide, giving the military establishment total control of all governmental instruments of power. He won 92 percent of the votes with 46 percent turnout. President-elect el-Sissi now has an historic chance to usher in a new democratic Egypt. Unfortunately, the last 10 months of his rule have indicated a far different future for his struggling country.
— As the prime minster of Tunisia visits the White House today to discuss his nation's move toward democracy Maryland officials are pressing him to resolve a years-old international kidnapping case they say speaks directly to whether the country will honor rule of law.
As the world's most powerful democracy and a large aid donor, the United States was uniquely positioned to support the Egyptian people's quest for freedom and a better future. Instead, our response has been remarkably short-sighted and always a step behind.
After months watching the uprising in Syria, spreading support through social media and raising money for the suffering, Dr. Hassan Masri thought he understood the devastation that has sundered his parents' homeland.