Amos Oz feared that fanaticism was rising in Israel as well as in the West.
The United States has been engaged for decades in a seemingly endless series of wars and military operations.
Bacevich provides another case of the fraught dream of managing history that Reinhold Niebuhr critiqued.
Aid organizations are overwhelmed by the scale of the current mass migration from the Middle East. So the work has fallen on other volunteers.
With Christians in Iraq and Syria on the brink of destruction, Walter Russell Mead wonders if Christians in the West will do more than wring their hands. He says we can either help Christians in the Middle East flee persecution and start new lives elsewhere, or we can help them “fort up”—create “redoubts,” or enclaves that they can defend by force.
"What's going on is a nation-building process. It's similar to what happened at the end of World War I, when major empires were destroyed."
Is anti-Semitism on the rise? It's hard to quantify, and data vary across regions. But a vicious anti-Semitism persists in Europe and the Middle East.
“Two things about my own life became clear: I really did understand both sides, and I didn’t understand them at all.”
Gerard Russell’s account of disappearing Middle Eastern religions has an elegiac quality. It’s heartrending and often infuriating.
Historically, the region from the Danube to the Euphrates and from Belgrade to Baghdad is religiously complex. Our modern map is a product of decades of violence and ethnic cleansing.
The question isn't how frightening ISIS is. It's what actual threat it poses—and how to contain that threat without causing more harm.
Juan Cole tells the backstory of the revolutions in North Africa, exploring events in the context of their cultural setting. His conclusions are optimistic yet grounded in realism.