Business for Peace Award
1555, Section: Opinion


Conceptualizing Islam and Violence

Published on 18 September 2014 by Phil Dorroll in Opinion

In the West, many often assume Islam has a naturally close relationship with violence and coercion. This assumption is part of how Christianity and Islam are often compared in Western societies.

Convenient genocide: Another failed war to re-arrange the Middle East

Published on 18 September 2014 by Ramzy Baroud in Opinion

A few months ago, not many Americans, in fact Europeans as well, knew that a Yazidi sect in fact existed in northwest Iraq.

Houthis’ contradictory path in Sana’a

Published on 18 September 2014 by Maysaa Shuja Al-Deen in Opinion

Since Yemen’s National Dialogue Conference (NDC) was completed in January, the military conflicts have become even more acute—most prominently the battle in the north Yemeni city of Amran.

The Islamic State threat is overstated

Published on 16 September 2014 by Ramzy Mardini in Opinion

The United States has a tradition of misinterpreting the Middle East. President George W. Bush invaded Iraq in 2003 with misplaced certainty, misconstrued assumptions, and poor foresight.

Moderate Muslims’ quandary about IS

Published on 16 September 2014 by Mustafa Akyol in Opinion

Since 9/11, one of the most frequently asked questions in the West has been, “Why don't moderate Muslims speak out against extremists?"

Losing the plot: Israel’s premier to face new Gaza reality

Published on 11 September 2014 by Ramzy Baroud in Opinion

Aside from being a major military setback, Israel’s war on Gaza has also disoriented the policies of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu like never before. Since the announcement of a ceasefire on August 26, his statements appear erratic and particularly uncertain, an expected outcome of the Gaza war.

Yemen, the forgotten front

Published on 11 September 2014 by Nabeel Khoury in Opinion

Seemingly unrelated to the turmoil further north in the Levant, a quiet war has been going on in Yemen since the conclusion last January of the National Dialogue Conference (NDC), orchestrated by UN special envoy, Jamal Benomar.

Islamic State is cementing, not destroying regional order

Published on 9 September 2014 by Sharif Nashashibi in Opinion

All the talk these days is about how the Islamic State (IS) is redrawing the map of the Middle East.

The irony of Saudi Arabia’s latest UN contribution

Published on 4 September 2014 by Anna Newby / in Opinion

On August 13, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia donated $100 million to the fledgling United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT), an entity that King Abdullah first proposed in 2005 and formally inaugurated in 2011 with a $10 million contribution.

Can Nigerian youth destroy Boko Haram’s caliphate?

Published on 4 September 2014 by Daniel E. Agbiboa / / First published Aug. 31 in Opinion

September 2014 marks five months since Boko Haram, a militant armed group in northern Nigeria, abducted over two hundred schoolgirls from Chibok, in Borno State. The Chibok girls, kidnapped on April 14, have not been rescued yet. This is despite efforts by the US, the UK, France, China, and Israel to support Nigeria's efforts to turn the tide of the insurgency and rescue the Chibok girls being held hostage in the forest of Sambisa.