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The modern Western penchant for trusting in the equal rationality of all is strategic folly. Aeschylus understood this well.


In recent years, Southeast Asian countries have pursued the acquisition of submarines with increasing vigor. Currently, four countries in the region operate them: Indonesia (with two Type 209 submarines), Malaysia (with two Scorpène-class submarines), Singapore (with two Archer-class and four Challenger-class submarines),1 and Vietnam (with six Kilo-class submarines, including those still being built).

The jihadi movement may have finally become what its original luminaries always wanted it to be – and in Paris of all places.

Most Americans don't know how much of a threat North Korea poses not just to America, but also to its own people. Seth Rogen's film uses comedy to give Americans a view of daily life in the dictatorial regime.

Qatar may have dialed back its support for Islamist movements, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be best friends again with Egypt and the Gulf states.

Much has been said in recent days about the perceived thaw in Egyptian-Qatari relations. However, let us delay hoisting up the white flag; Qatar hasn’t quite reversed course in its foreign policy–at least not yet.

PHILADEPHIA - "Torture" is one of those words that is used so indiscriminately as to have lost all meaning. This is clear from discussions about the recently released Senate Intelligence Committee report regarding the use of “enhanced interrogation” techniques (EITs) on a small number of detainees in the aftermath of 9/11.

CASABLANCA—As a frequent visitor to Paris, I’ve had many chances to browse the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. And as an Arab Muslim who believes that his faith is inherently moderate and tolerant, I feel that some of its pages have strayed beyond spoofing Islamist terrorism. Perhaps my sensitivity has been heightened by the rise of France’s extreme-right party National Front, which insists that Islam is inherently incompatible with universal values.

With the enthusiasm surrounding the election of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, some have again speculated as to whether Indonesia will become the regional leader in Southeast Asia.

Southeast Asia’s military modernization over the last half decade has been impressive. Defense expenditures across the region have risen, on average, by nine percent each year since 2009, but the region’s countries have not been uniform in their approaches.