Tag Archive: Syria

Jihadis from the West

“The romance of jihad is not that different from the romance that leftist communists had for the republican side during the Spanish Civil War” Professor Bernard Haykel of Princeton University’s Department of Near… Continue reading

Plotting for the morning after: ISIS’ future after the fall of Mosul and Raqqa

“Only when Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria fall, can we begin to talk about the beginning of the end of the physical territorial state. We already have plenty of evidence, that… Continue reading

The Folly of Bombing the Islamic State

“Bin Laden was very proud that he had only spent 500.000 dollars on the 9/11 attacks. The US in response to those attacks has probably spent 3 trillion dollars. So as a return… Continue reading

Bernard Haykel on Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State

“IS is a symptom of a deep feeling amongst Sunni Arabs of being disenfranchised. […] It is the same sentiment that led to the emergence of Al-Qaeda.” Professor Bernard Haykel¬†of Princeton University’s Department… Continue reading

How Islamic is the Islamic State?

“To say that IS is outside of the interpretive parameters of Islam is factually incorrect. […] There is no question that these people are drawing inspiration from Islamic texts. And they know these… Continue reading

Eki Omorogbe on R2P, Syrian deadlock, and alternatives

On the deadlock over Syria: “This in my mind takes us back to the 1990s: Rwanda, Srebrenica, Kosovo.. Unless we are willing to act illegally but legitimately, then the people will be at… Continue reading

Jason Ralph: fading consensus on R2P and failure over Syria?

“R2P does not begin and end with military intervention. There are many ways of fulfilling the responsibility. I tend to think that using military force in Syria would have made things worse for… Continue reading