• The Rhetoric and Reality of Attacking Tehran

    • November 11, 2011

    Published on November 11, 2011 in the Globe and Mail. The latest United Nations report on Iran’s nuclear program has further raised tensions. While the report was notable for its candour, it carefully avoided making definitive statements on two critical issues: whether Iran has actually decided to build a bomb, or is merely content with

  • Run Towards War with Iran

    • October 30, 2011

    In the wake of the alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to Washington, the predictable chorus of right-wingers has come forward to promote one of their favourite causes: the idea of an attack on Iran. Not surprisingly, the idea of an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities features highly in all of this. Many of those who

  • The Ripple Effects of Gadhafi’s Death

    • October 21, 2011

    Published in the Globe and Mail, October 21, 2011. Although the images of Moammar Gadhafi’s body being dragged through the streets are disturbing, one can understand why his death is being deliriously welcomed in Libya. Often regarded as a clown in the West, Colonel Gadhafi was a brutal tyrant. His death removes the slim chance

  • Why Israel Made the Deal

    • October 20, 2011

    The full article was published in the Ottawa Citizen, October 20, 2011. In 1991, the Italian parliament passed a law prohibiting anybody not only from paying ransom but also from even negotiating with kidnappers. Colombia later followed suit. The legislation derived from the entirely logical argument that if fewer people paid ransom there would be

  • The Arab Democratic Wave and the Middle East Conflict: A Window of Opportunity

    • October 4, 2011

    In the past nine months popular demonstrations have swept the Middle East and have led to the toppling of authoritarian governments in Tunisia, Egypt, and later Libya. At the same time, other governments in the region have been experiencing intense popular uprisings challenging their rule and asking for political reforms: some are trying to repress