Author: Sarie Khalid

Sarie Khalid is a Middle East and North Africa columnist who specializes in Islamism, Counter-terrorism, Energy markets and Middle Eastern foreign policy.

Speak Loudly And Carry A Bigger Stick: The Implications of Trump’s Escalation of the Syrian Conflict.

President Trump’s missile strike on a Syrian military base in Homs Province to punish the Assad regime for its latest criminal chemical weapons attack is a game-changer in the politics of the Syrian civil war.  The Tomahawk missile assault was…

Getting Golan: Israeli-Levantine Tensions Reach Same Old Heights

Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s Alawite regime would not have survived the Sunni revolt that erupted in 2011 without Iran’s commitment of Revolutionary Guards and Hezbollah fighters to the battlefields in the Levant. Iran’s political, economic and military support enabled President…

Barack of Arabia: Obama’s Diplomatic Legacy in the Middle East

Eight years ago, President Obama electrified the world with the promises to end the wars of his predecessor in Iraq and Afghanistan, close down Guantanamo Bay and end America’s traditional support for autocrats and dictators in the Middle East. History dealt…

They Die to Kill: A Brief History and Analysis of Suicide Terrorism

“…We only have to be lucky once. You will have to be lucky always.” – The Irish Republican Army, Irish republican paramilitary group. In the 20th Century, suicide terrorism was an outlying, exotic tactic used sparsely by a handful of groups. Not…

Under the Cloak of War: The Ghost Battles in the Levant

The Syrian Civil war has become a deadly geopolitical and humanitarian catastrophe. For the first time since Afghanistan in the 1980s, the Russian military is in combat against rebel militias trained and armed by the CIA. In Afghanistan, however, the Mujahidin defeated…

The Year of the Black Swan: The Middle East’s Revolution, Regicide and Regime Change in 1979

The term “black swan” derives from the Latin expression “a rare bird in the lands and very much like a black swan”, a description used by the ancient Roman poet Juvenal for something extremely rare to the point of non-existence.…