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What an alternative Islamic State looks like

Murderous extremists are exploiting the Muslim world's…
Sami Moubayed interviewing President Carter for "Forward Magazine" in Damascus, December 2008.

My reflections on meeting Jimmy Carter in Damascus

In October 2010, President Jimmy Carter visited Damascus…
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A balance sheet on Tarek Aziz

In the late 1950s, a young Iraqi fugitive showed up at a…
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Are coups always bad?

“Allahu akbar” shouted Syrian and Egyptian soldiers in…
President Gamal Abdul Nasser with Abdul Fattah al-Sisi in the early 1960s.

The Ghost of Gamal Abdul Nasser

A black and white photograph is making the rounds on social…
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Brahimi won't risk his reputation in vain

Former Algerian top diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi is set to become…
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What will post-Arab Spring intellectuals write about?

“Ninety years have passed, while we stand tall like electricity…
Saddam Hussein and Husni Mubarak in January 1990.

Revenge or justice for Husni Mubarak

I never imagined a day when I would see Saddam Hussein and…
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Birth of the Obama Doctrine

Back in 2008, then US presidential candidate Barack Obama appeared…
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Modern Syria sheds inhibitions about its tumultuous past

Syria has increasingly been reconnecting with its past and historical…