Syria’s Fallout: Rise of Islamic State jihadists

By James M. Dorsey US President Barak Obama’s decision to launch air strikes against the Islamic State, the jihadist group that controls a large swath of Syria and Iraq, is fraught with pitfalls. Even if it succeeds in stalling the group’s advance in Iraq, the air strikes could persuade the Islamic State to re-focus its … [Read more…]

Lessons from Gaza for Israel’s military: Unprepared for unconventional warfare

Synopsis As Israelis and Palestinians negotiate a lasting ceasefire a public post-mortem has begun in Israel of the month-long assault on Gaza.  At the core of the debate is the question whether the Israel Defence Forces’ organization, strategy and doctrine meets the requirements of unconventional rather than conventional warfare. Commentary ISRAEL’S POST-GAZA domestic battles have … [Read more…]

Squaring soccer with Islam by James M. Dorsey

By James M. Dorsey (follow the blog: Women’s passion for soccer is not simply love of the beautiful game. It fulfils a need to release pent-up energy and imitate others and endangers their role in a conservative Muslim society that severely restricts women’s freedom, including the right to play football. That is Saudi psychiatrist … [Read more…]