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UAE and Egypt warned over air raids in Libya

TCF senior fellow, Michael Wahid Hanna has been quoted in a Financial Times article about air raids in Libya.

The UN’s newly appointed envoy to Libya on Tuesday warned that outside intervention would not prevent the country’s slide into chaos after Egypt and the United Arab Emirates carried out bombing raids against Islamist-affiliated militias fighting to control Tripoli.
Speaking in Cairo, Bernardino Leon, who takes up his post next month, said “any kind of intervention, or foreign intervention won’t help Libya get out of chaos”. His comments match similar warnings from the US and four of its European allies.

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Tags: united arab emirates, libya, egyptian politics, airstrikes

Fossil Fuel Divestment: The Slow-motion Weapon in the Fight Against Climate Change

August 27, 2014 COMMENTARY BY: Neil Bhatiya TOPICS: Foreign Policy, Climate Change

A new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance shows why divestment alone is not a sufficient strategy for reducing fossil fuel usage. TCF policy associate Neil Bhatiya has the details.

Tags: green energy, fossil fuels, divestment, climate change, bloomberg new energy finance

Hezbollah Is Trying To Fool People Into Believing It’s The Moderate Alternative To ISIS In The Middl

TCF fellow, Thanassis Cambanis has been quoted in a Business Insider article about Hezbollah.

One has to hand it to whoever had the idea for Al-Akhbar’s interview with Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah earlier this month.

Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri may have nicknamed Saad Hariri “Santa Claus” after his return to Lebanon bearing a billion-dollar gift from Riyadh, but the Future Movement leader’s goateed grin was no match for the jolly beam of the silver-bearded Sayyid at his avuncular best.

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Tags: middle east, lebanon, islamists, islamist, islamic state of iraq and syria, isis, iran, hezbollah, foreign policy

After First ISIS ‘Terrorist Attack’ On America, US Officials Consider Military Action In Syria

August 25, 2014 BY: Michael Wahid Hanna TOPICS: Foreign Policy

TCF senior fellow, Michael Wahid Hanna has been quoted in an International Business Times articles about U.S. action against ISIS.

U.S. intelligence and military officials have begun collecting geographic information about current Islamic State strongholds and leadership positions inside Syria, CNN reported. The Obama administration has been hinting about Syrian intervention since the Islamic State carried out what American officials called its first “terrorist attack” against the U.S., meaning the killing of American journalist James Foley.

“There’s a pretty good possibility that we and/or some kind of multinational effort will engage in hitting ISIS targets inside Syria,” Frederic Hof, the White House’s former point man on Syria, told CNN.

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Tags: terrorism, syrian rebels, isis, iraq war, intelligence, foreign policy, airstrikes

Why Maliki’s Ouster is No Magic Bullet for Iraq

August 22, 2014 BY: Michael Wahid Hanna TOPICS: Foreign Policy

TCF senior fellow, Michael Wahid Hanna writes about why Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's departure is only the first step to improving Iraq's political and security situation for AlJazeera America.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has reluctantly bowed to reality and given up his attempts to secure a third term — powerfully affirming the principle of a peaceful transfer of authority. But hopes that his ouster will, in itself, bring rapid improvement in Iraq’s political and security situation are overly optimistic.

Much of the recent media conversation about the rapid territorial gains of the Islamic State (IS) focused on Maliki, as if he had been the key obstacle to the achievement of a new Iraqi national consensus that could turn the tide against the extremists. Maliki’s sectarian, authoritarian and paranoid tendencies as well as his growing incompetence have certainly exacerbated the country’s chronic political and security maladies and rendered him a toxic figure among Iraq’s domestic and foreign stakeholders. And the impending transfer of power from one Shia prime minister of the Da’wa party to another, Haider el-Abadi, avoids the potential for a major disruption among Iraq’s democratic institutions.

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Tags: sunni fighters, isis, iraqi sunnis, iraq war, iraq

Obama’s Mission Against ISIS Just Fundamentally Changed

August 22, 2014 BY: Michael Cohen TOPICS: Foreign Policy

TCF fellow, Michael Cohen has been quoted in a Business Insider article about Obama's esponse to ISIS' murder of journalist James Foley.

President Barack Obama surprised many observers Wednesday with his brevity and anger when he spoke about the brutal murder of American photojournalist James Foley at the hands of militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL).

It was Obama as "you've never seen him before," as The Huffington Post put it on the site's banner. Some observers on Twitter said he sounded almost "Bush-ian," a reference to President George W. Bush. And some analysts think it could mean the start of a long, extended campaign against the group, which Obama compared to a "cancer" and said "doesn't belong in the 21st century."

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Tags: president obama, isis, iraq, foreign policy, barack obama


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