The Rise of the Caliphate

'WorldWatch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Lately, the eyes of the world have been riveted on the Levant, the area of the Middle East that includes Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Israel. The entity that is attracting attention is what is commonly known as ISIS, ISIL, or the Islamic State, an al-Qaeda terrorist group that is growing into a state. Richard Ritenbaugh describes …


Turkey: A Resurging Pivotal Power

'WorldWatch' by David C. Grabbe

Modern Turkey sits in the geographic center of three major political forces: Europe, the Middle East, and Russia. David Grabbe uncovers evidence of Turkey's rising importance and activity in world affairs.


The Fractured Middle East

'WorldWatch' by David C. Grabbe

Most Westerners tend to simplify their perception of the situation in the Middle East by using dichotomies: Israel vs. Arabs, Jew vs. Muslim, Western vs. Islamic, etc. However, as David Grabbe explains, it is not that simple, particularly on the Muslim side, where multiple factions exist.


You Fight and War

CGG Weekly by Martin G. Collins

In all religious confrontations, the motivation is the desire for power. It is a desire to have the upper hand, to control the target of one's desires.


The Greatest Threat

'WorldWatch' by David C. Grabbe

Over the past year and a half, the "Arab Spring" that swept through the Middle East and North Africa has been an enduring source of worry for the state of Israel. David Grabbe argues that, despite the instability of its neighbors, Egypt and Syria in particular, Israel's greatest threat is an internal problem: its relationship …