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The roots of sectarian violence.
The war as it has evolved badly serves U.S. interests. A well-planned disengagement will serve them much better by reducing military, economic, and political costs.
Barry R. Posen
In search of a Muslim democracy.
Why the U.S. must resist the impulse to remake entire societies, particularly through military might.
The birthplace of Zarathustianism.
How can a democratic conception of the people’s authority be reconciled with an Islamic understanding of God’s authority?
Khaled Abou El Fadl
Don't expect democracy in Iraq.
John W. Dower
Syria has been opening up. A war will shut it down.
As Arafat declines and Israel's grip tightens, the Middle East sinks into hopelessness.
Palestine should be transformed into a secular state—a constitutional-liberal state, with Arabs and Jews as its national citizens.
The repression of Iranian women.
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Alex de Waal
Silvia Federici, Jill Richards
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