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Atoomdeal met Iran is geen reden voor een feestje

Door een akkoord te sluiten met Iran jagen we onbewust de soennieten verder in de handen van groeperingen als IS en Al Qaida. Toegegeven, de nucleaire deal met Iran is een historische overeenkomst zoals er de laatste decennia maar weinig zijn gesloten in het Midden-Oosten. Qua symbolische waarde zeker vergelijkbaar met het Camp David-akkoord uit…

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On Torture, Terrorism and Accountability

The Senate Report on the CIA’s use of Enhanced Interrogation Techniques – or just plain torture – has shocked many. Despite the fact that much of these revelations where not new, it will still have an important legacy on global politics and counter-terrorism practices in the future. The report is an important document for several…

Can Europe promote Arab democracy?

In last week’s edition of Al Ahram Weekly, James Zogby from the Arab American Institute argued that the US should not promote democracy in the Arab world as long as it fails to listen to Arab voices. Zogby makes a very compelling argument why Washington indeed struggles to support and nurture democracy in the region.…

A toxic Iranian ménage à trois

My latest take on the Iranian nuclear issue published by New Europe. An adapted version of this article featured in Hürriyet Daily news The debate on how to tackle Iran’s nuclear ambitions is once again dominating the political arena in Israel and the United States following the assassination of a nuclear scholar in Teheran. With…