Extremism in the Middle East is a complex problem generated by numerous issues. The connecting thread, however, is that of the alienated youth.
Without a coordinated plan of action for Syria, there will soon be nothing left for the international community to save.
Diehard supporters on both sides claim that their candidate is the lesser evil.
Propping the Assad regime was only a motive insofar as it helped achieve other targets.
Denying conquest-based and commerce-based income to ISIS can limit the group’s functionality as a governing entity and a fighting force.
The far-right’s nationalist and protectionist ideology continues to win support and fuel anti-EU sentiments
Failure to pursue political goals in the Middle East with the same gusto as military objectives could render today’s battlefield successes against ISIS meaningless.
American politicians are engaged in a dangerous war of words with Islamic State, which is exactly what the group wants.
Before a shocked and awed Western public cries for military intervention, it would do well to internalize three lessons from the devastation wrought in Paris.