Japan’s Worrisome Future: Can it Reinvent Itself after These Calamities?



I spoke with Fareed Zakaria on CNN’s GPS yesterday morning about various possible political and economic impacts of the earthquake, tsunami and worsening nuclear crisis in Japan. Suffice it to say that the production quality of my video presence wasn’t awesome as I did this over Skype from my Doha Sheraton hotel room.

Supporting a No-Fly Zone is Still Fiddling: Responding to Anne-Marie Slaughter



My friend Anne-Marie Slaughter, former Director of Policy Planning at the State Department and now back teaching at Princeton University, has written a compelling, passionate call for the US to immediately push for a UN Resolution to impose a no-fly zone over Libya.

On the Murder of West Bank Settlers



The brutal killing of a family of five Israeli settlers, all from one family and including three children, in the West Bank is deeply disturbing. Little is known of the killer’s motivations at the moment — but no matter what they were, this was a despicable act that makes tensions between Palestinians and Israelis worse….

Tears for a Journalist: Change in the Middle East Comes at High Cost



There are more than sixty of leading young activists from revolts and revolutions throughout the Middle East at the 6th Annual Al Jazeera Forum. I am attending this fascinating meeting as a guest of Al Jazeera. Turkey Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu just landed in Doha to speak at the meeting tomorrow.

No-Fly Zone Over Libya Could Backfire & Undermine Protests in Middle East



I recorded a few minutes of comments outlining my concerns over the Libya No-Fly Zone debate. In short, a no-fly zone is a high cost, low return strategy that doesn’t necessarily create a military tipping point in favor of the Libyan opposition.

Al Jazeera’s Big Forum on the Temperature in the Middle East



(Steve Clemons & Wadah Khanfar speak at TED 2011 Long Beach; photo credit: Mohamed Nanabhay) The quality of comments have improved dramatically during the period I and my team have been serving as moderators. I am going to test out releasing the reins again and see how this goes.

Beyond Fraud: Why Afghanistan’s 2010 Elections Were Even Messier Than You Thought



This is a guest note by Oliver Lough, who serves as an editor at the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU). For some members of the international community, Afghanistan’s parliamentary elections of September 2010 were, among other things, an extended exercise in expectations management.