It will be curious to those Western analysts obsessed with cultural differences that the roots of their anti-Occidental consciousness may very well reside in the West’s old enemy: Marxism.
Extremism in the Middle East is a complex problem generated by numerous issues. The connecting thread, however, is that of the alienated youth.
Reform-minded politicians should work to take advantage of the wealth and ideas poised to permeate Iranian politics and society in the aftermath of the nuclear deal.
The Sunni-Shia framework offers a poor explanation of Saudi-Iranian relations, perpetuating a flawed characterization of regional tensions as purely sectarian in nature.