With the country slipping quickly into civil war, its easy to focus entirely on the warring factions and violence and write the country off. It is easy to forget what is being lost in Yemen, just like what was lost in Syria.
The following photo essay shows what is at risk in Yemen: http://scoopempire.com/photos-remind-beautiful-yemen/
To add some perspective, see Al Jazeera, “Death of Aleppo”. http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/aljazeeraworld/2015/03/150325072934200.html
Aleppo was a UNESCO world heritage site, it is now in ruins. In a sense, for Yemen, Alleppo is the ghost of Christmas future (to borrow a little bit of Dickens) .
An insightful and optimistic analysis of the nuclear talks.
An interesting discussion concerning the Harper government’s position on Israel and the Palestinians.
Excellent analytical article on the Muslim Brotherhood and the factors that shape whether they use violence or not by Dr. Omar Ashour
An analysis of the deaths in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since 2000. The analysis should provide some insight into where both sides are coming from:
Palestinians deaths have been overwhelming disproportionate: Since the year 2000, 87 percent of deaths have been Palestinian. But from the Israeli perspective, the numbers suggest their policies work. Since 2000, 1101 Israelis have been killed, but only 168 of that number occurred after 2005.
These numbers do not tell the whole story obviously, but they do help explain why both sides are so entrenched. Israeli policy outrages the Palestinians, but it makes the Israelis feel safe(r). Even Netanyahu’s critiques have a hard time arguing with the decline in casualties. Until someone comes along with a viable long term solution, the cyclical violence will continue.
An article discussing a recent review of Canada’s intelligence forecasting for the Middle East and Africa. Turns out Canada is actually pretty good…
Iranian concerns about getting involved in the Iraqi crisis parallel American concerns. See previous post: U.S. Sees Risks in Assisting a Compromised Iraqi Force
The evolution of Maliki’s “leadership” in Iraq, as seen from a US perspective. A couple of questions to ask yourself:
1. Why did Maliki suddenly decide to consolidate power around himself in late 2008? Didn’t he see the danger of what he was doing?
2. What was Iran’s strategy when they backed Maliki at the expense of other Shi’a groups? What were their options?