My first experience with the Muslim Brotherhood, the large, Egypt-based radical movement known in Arabic as "al Ikhwan", was actually kind of frightening, and it led me to misunderstand what it represented.
If Russia is to finally move beyond the threat of radical terror groups the Kremlin and its allies in the North Caucasus must spend more time wooing moderates than simply trying to kill suspected terrorists in sweeps which tend to destroy markets and bystanders in the process.
The Special Tribunal for Lebanon delivered its much anticipated indictment regarding the 2005 killing of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and others to Lebanese justice officials yesterday, sealed. The controversy over how the indictment was crafted and whom it may allege played a role in the killing caused the fall of the government last week.
Hezbollah, "The Party of God", has led a walk out in Lebanon's parliament, causing the collapse of the government while Prime Minister Saad Hariri was meeting with President Obama. What's new about this latest political confrontation?
The tragic flight of minorities from central Iraq to the north has not only been a larger crisis than anyone anticipated. It has also created a new, secondary crisis for host communities that governments, donors, and aid agencies are only beginning to figure out how to address.