Arab Decline and Iran’s Rising Influence

Published in Your Middle East. Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser, leader of the largest Arab nation during the 1950s and 1960s, was one of the most popular and charismatic statesmen of the twentieth century. In his 1954 memoir, The Philosophy of the Revolution, Nasser claimed that Egypt’s unique geography and historical legacy enhanced its ability… More Arab Decline and Iran’s Rising Influence

Egyptian Attitudes Toward the Yemen War

Published in Your Middle East. On March 25, Saudi Arabia led a pan-Arab military campaign in Yemen known as “Decisive Storm” to expel the Iranian-backed Houthis, who seized control of the country in January after deposing President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi. While much has been said about Sunni-Shia sectarianism, the conflict should really be viewed… More Egyptian Attitudes Toward the Yemen War

White House Needs to Support Egypt and Jordan With a Consistent Anti-Terrorism Strategy

Published in the Huffington Post. Supporting Jordan’s counterterrorism strategy and not Egypt’s is short-sighted and counterproductive in the long-term struggle to defeat ISIS. Egypt and Jordan, both of whom are close U.S. allies, are on the front lines in a global war against terrorism. Jordan supported the U.S.-led anti-ISIS coalition after the Sept. 2014 NATO… More White House Needs to Support Egypt and Jordan With a Consistent Anti-Terrorism Strategy

Anticipate Greater Jordanian Role in West Bank

Published in Your Middle East. The recent resignation announcement by Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah – who had served just two weeks – struck a humiliating blow to President Mahmoud Abbas and raises serious questions about the competence of governance and the future of the Palestinian question. No one has been tapped to replace… More Anticipate Greater Jordanian Role in West Bank

Will Jordan and Egypt Play a Greater Role in Palestinian Affairs in 2013?

  Published in Sharnoff’s Global Views on Dec. 31, 2012. Since the 1993 Oslo Accords, a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians has remained elusive. The politically correct paradigm proffered by the international community including Israel, the Palestinian Authority and the United States has been two states, two peoples: an independent Palestinian state including… More Will Jordan and Egypt Play a Greater Role in Palestinian Affairs in 2013?

Happy New Year

Wishing everyone a very happy and healthy New Year. For all those who have enjoyed this site, I would like to invite you to visit Sharnoff’s Global Views, a new global op-ed forum featuring original content by internationals for Americans. Please read well wishes for the New Year from His Holiness the Dalai Lama at… More Happy New Year