Cairo's entry into the conflict represents an important opportunity to clarify U.S. policy toward Egypt, improve tense bilateral relations, and bolster Gulf security interests.
The war against ISIS and radical Islam may not always be state versus non-state, but perhaps eventually non-state versus non-state.
701 years ago, on March 18th, the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar was burned at the stake in France. As he died, Jacques de Molay cursed the French king who had betrayed him, and whose own dynasty collapsed fourteen years later. That didn’t help de Molay, whose order was exterminated as a road bump in the path of French power.
While the UN report shines a welcome spotlight on the crimes of the Islamic State group, the world's focus should be on practical measures that can be taken to destroy the group
On Thursday, the United Nations formally accused the Islamic State of war crimes, including genocide, against Iraq's minority Yazidi population. According to the U.N. report detailing the Islamic militants' crimes, the Islamic State group has tried "to destroy the Yazidi as a group."
To defeat the extremists for good, Muslims must reject those aspects of their tradition that prompt some believers to resort to oppression and holy war.
“Islam’s borders are bloody,” wrote the late political scientist Samuel Huntington in 1996, “and so are its innards.” Nearly 20 years later, Huntington looks more right than ever before.
Despite America’s declared need for strong Arab allies in the war against ISIS, which Sisi is already fighting in the northern Sinai, and has even bombed in Libya, our own government’s commitment is still pending.
Coptic Solidarity 2015 Conference
The Annual Conference was held in Washington, D.C. on June 11-13, 2015.