9/11 and Global Tribalism

As the 90s closed out, humanity was coming together. Now it’s tearing itself apart. Originally published on LinkedIn Pulse September 22, 2018…

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Jordan’s Civil Society Comes of Age

It seems most people—including many Jordanians—have failed to realize how wonderful the past few weeks here in Jordan have been…

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I (Still) Hate Trump, But He Was Right to Strike Assad Regime of Syria Before & He Should Do It Again

Trump is still a danger to America and the world. But if he exercises American power in a way that will…

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I Hate Trump, But He Was Right to Strike Assad Regime of Syria

Trump is still a danger to America and the world. But if he exercises American power in a way that will…

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What We Can Expect from Trump & My Message to Iranians on Trump: Prove Him Wrong by Fighting for Peace & Human Rights

The Iranian Student News Agency (ISNA) conducted another interview with me (see previous one here) a few weeks ago about…

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9/11 Marked Continuation, Not Beginning, of Politicization of Foreign Policy & National Security

Rather than signify any beginning of weaponizing foreign policy and national security in politics, the 9/11 attacks simply marked the…

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Erdogan Leads Turkey’s Democracy on a Populist Death March After Failed Coup

In my previous piece on Turkey, written as the coup attempt was underway, I noted that should the coup fail, Erdoğan…

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Orlando Terror Sad Reminder of Rise of Hate & Violence in World & West

Violence and hate feed each other, as the violence in the Middle East shows; the West must be careful not to play…

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Trump Foreign Policy Speech Latest Example of GOP Bankruptcy in Foreign Policy Ideas, Competence

A detailed examination of Trump’s foreign policy speech from a few weeks ago reveals how little substantive thought or ideas…

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Cruz-Fiorina 2016: Historically Shameless & Desperate Move Still Deserves Its Due Recognition Even Among Trump & General 2016 Craziness

In a year where it is hard to keep track of the stupendous volume of political insanity inflicted on and…

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The Word Terrorism & Its Diminishing Returns: Towards a Rational, Useful Definition & Application

For the crime of terrorism to have weight, we must move globally towards a more specific definition that goes beyond…

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After Brussels Attacks, Americans Must Realize They Don’t Have Same Muslim, Immigration Problems As Europe, Avoid EU Mistakes

America Doesn’t Have Same Muslim, Immigration Problems As Europe, and Must Avoid EU Mistakes As Americans view today’s ISIS terrorist…

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Western Democracy Is on Trial, More than Any Time Since WWII

Author’s note: when I wrote this, I was confident Clinton would win but still worried about the chance of a…

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December Republican Debate Exposed GOP As Joke on National Security

With its focus on national security, the mid-December Republican debate, though a month past, can still serve as a stark…

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Happy—Wait, No—Risky New Year 2016

Happy Risky New Year If people thought 2015 was bad, 2016 shows no sign of letting on up on risk.  The…

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