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Obama’s Challenge: Building Sino-Russian Support on Denuclearizing Iran

by Ehsan Ahrari on November 27, 2009, No Comments

The real test of President Barack H. Obama's dealing with China and Russia will emerge in his success to persuade those countries to support the U.S. in pressuring Iran to give up its nuclear weapons aspirations.  Obama has reported to have lobbied China on that issue during his recent visit. He also broached Russia in the recent past for the same purpose, but with little success. Iran denies having such aspirations, but Washington has no faith in those denials. (more…)
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“National” and “Global” Political Islam: A Response to Hroub’s Review of Roy’s Books

by Ehsan Ahrari on October 12, 2009, No Comments

Professor Khaled Hroub's review of Olivier Roy's three books–The Failure of Political Islam; Globalized Islam: The Search for a New Ummah; and The Politics of Chaos in the Middle East–published in your Journal, New Global Studies (Vol. 3, Issue 1, 2009, Article 6), is interesting but leaves the reader wanting more analysis. (more…)
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Dealing with Iran’s Exercise of “Smart Power”

by Ehsan Ahrari on June 17, 2009, No Comments

.!.The Financial Times, a right of center but highly respected newspaper, could not resist about coming up with a sensational headline: "Hizbollah confirms broad aid for Hamas."  The Hizbollah-Hamas connection is not exactly an unknown variable, only its specifics are.  Even after the admission of Hezbollah's deputy leader that his organization is providing military assistance to Hamas, the issue still remains murky and unconfirmed by other sources.  Why, then, is there so much hoopla about Hezbollah's admission of support for Hamas? Because that reality only underscores the effective exercise of "smart power" on the part of Iran–Hezbollah's chief backer–in the Sunni Middle East.  That is also worrying the United States, which, under the Obama administration, is relearning to come up with its own smart power-related maneuvers towards Iran. (more…)
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Thinking about Israel’s Unthinkable Image in Palestine

by Ehsan Ahrari on March 1, 2009, No Comments

A London Times dispatch reads:  "Tony Blair makes his first trip to the Gaza Strip."  In the growing global economic meltdown, the world has forgotten the suffering of the Palestinians who became victims of Israel's "war" against Hamas.  How can there be a war between the most well equipped military of the Middle East and a state which does not even have an armed force of any credibility.  But this is the era of asymmetric war, and Hamas did launch rockets or missiles on Israel.  Those terror weapons did not cause much damage, but they provided a "justification" for Israel to let loose its military wrath on the civilian Palestinians. (more…)
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Tidibits and Morsels (4)

by Ehsan Ahrari on January 13, 2009, No Comments

MAY BE DECLINING, BUT STILL THE UBERPOWER   Regardless of whether you are among those who are baffled about the economic problems that continue to ail the U.S. with no end in sight, or among those who are cheering the noisy fall of the mightiest among nations, here is one of the most cogent explanations that Nathan Gardels provides in the Fall 2008 issue of the New Perspectives Quarterly about the grim situation that the lone uberpower faces.  He writes: In the space of a few short months, we have morphed from the citadel of free-market capitalism and freewheeling consumerism -- from a land of high-flying hedge funds, Hummers and homes that doubled as ATMs -- to a system in which the banks, insurance companies, mortgage industry and auto manufacturers are quasi-socialized (more…)
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“Hell” Must be Where Extremism Mushrooms

by Ehsan Ahrari on January 12, 2009, No Comments

Looking at the tepid global reaction to the massacre of the civilians in Gaza, one wonders whether the conscience of the international community is half asleep or is suffering from something called sympathy fatigue.  Hundreds of civilian casualties, incessantly escalating human misery, and with no end in the Israeli military action in sight, even God seems to have abandoned them.  At the same time, it should be said unequivocally that Hamas' indiscriminate firing of missiles on Israeli cities is a repulsive act.  One U.N. official involved in rescue attempts stated that Gaza has turned into hell.  That, alas, seems to be the fate of Muslims in many places.    (more…)
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Impasse-Oriented Conventional Politics Only Empowers Militants

by Ehsan Ahrari on January 2, 2009, 1 Comment

The United States never understood one feral rule of the Arab Middle East and Muslim South Asia: there is little hope left that the conventional politics will resolve the Muslim misery or problems of liberty either from domestic tyrants or from the tyranny of occupiers.  That leaves only those who despise the U.S. and all it stands for in the Middle East and South Asia to attempt to resolve things their way.  They are known as Islamists and terrorists in the West.  But they appear to be doing their utmost to destroy the status quo.  It seems that the conventional way of doing business or resolving conflict holds little promise in the aforementioned areas.  It has been happening in the occupied Palestine, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.  The same types of actors appear to challenge whatever political order exists in Lebanon.  North Africa may not remain peaceful or stable for too long.  Gaza has emerged as the most recent place of acute turbulence, and a place where the militants'
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The Muslim Ebullience Regarding Obama Needs a Touch of Realism

by Ehsan Ahrari on November 16, 2008, No Comments

American Muslims are overjoyed at the election of Barack Obama.  Knowing that there was so much malicious discussion during the election campaign about Obama's faith–that he is "secretly a Muslim," as if that made him "evil"–and the fact that he went before the Jewish lobby in Washington during the campaign and spelled out his very pro-Israeli position, as if he was trying to pass the litmus test of loyalty to Israel, Muslim enthusiasm for his candidacy was somewhat surprising.  However, compared to the "Bush-lite" version of Senator John McCain's candidacy, one can understand the Muslim preference for Obama.    (more…)
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The ‘Straitjacket’ of the American Presidency

by Ehsan Ahrari on July 27, 2008, No Comments

In the presidential debates between the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party, Barack Obama, and that of the Republican Party, John McCain, the Middle East and South Asia stand out prominently.  The four issues of discussion are: America's continued presence in Iraq, relations with Israel, dealing with Iran, and the future modalities of American actions in Afghanistan and Pakistan.  However, regarding the Middle East more than about South Asia, American presidential candidates are required to wear a straitjacket that prevents them from taking bold actions once they win the presidency.  However, as in the context of every rule, there are exceptions in this one also.  Former President Jimmy Carter was an exception, for he succeeded in getting out of that straitjacket as President and presided over the conclusion of the Camp David Agreements in 1979.  No American President since was able to take off that straitjacket and accomplish a similar outcome, even though President Bill