Middle East

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How to Help Afghanistan? Use the Diaspora

As Afghanistan convenes a new government it will need to ensure that development plans mobilize aid into action. Since 2001, “assistance” and “investment” have flowed to Afghanistan in varying guises and ever-increasing quantities. The structure and discourse of economic development prioritized quantity over quality, funneling donor funding and warm bodies into projects with little purpose…

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Egypt at War: A War on Two Fronts

21 Egyptians executed, a Jordanian pilot burned alive and countless horrific tragedies. For most the Islamic State is the hot issue for 2015, despite their carnage being felt since 2012. The Islamic State will not attack our humanity, our military power or our economy but attacks our will. The attack is calculated, ruthless and strategic…

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Jordan’s War: #IAMMUATH

Last week, pilot and fellow Jordanian, Muath Kassassbeh, was burnt alive in a cage by ISIS. Like many others, I felt an overwhelming sense of grief over his horrific death, and a general helplessness about what has become of the Middle East. A few months ago I was skeptical about the necessity of Jordan being part of…

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