January 25, 2020 Philip C Johnson, Ph.D. http://www.globalnext.org Saudi Arabia has always been a bit of a conundrum. Hosting Islam’s two holiest sites, Mecca and Medina, she holds considerable influence over the religious lives of 1.8 billion Muslims. Saudi’s significant regional rival is another Muslim nation - the Islamic Republic of Iran (a Shiite Muslim … Continue reading Can Saudi Arabia be Trusted in 2020?
Phil Johnson, Ph.D. February 27, 2018 From Beirut, Lebanon Refugee camps are always bleak places, even more so in the cold and rain. And so it was on the day that I visited El-Rahman Syrian Refugee Camp in the Saadnayel-Bekaa region of Lebanon. Currently, Lebanon is host to 1.5 million Syrian refugees and 500,000 Palestinian … Continue reading “The U.N. is Not Helping,” says Refugee Camp Coordinator
July 6, 2016 Phil Johnson, Ph.D. http://www.globalnext.org Here we are, just barely past the half-way mark of the year and the figures for ISIS terror attacks is astounding. In the first half of 2016, there have been 1208 jihad-inspired attacks in 50 countries, in which 11,076 people were killed and 13,356 were injured. You can … Continue reading 2016 Half-Time Report: Bloody Season for ISIS and the Loss of Elie Wiesel
January 25, 2015 It seems that since November of 2014, I haven’t been able to catch my breath - between conferences in Italy and China, teaching courses in Geneva and Kabul and research in Qatar, India and Kashmir, I haven’t had time to comment on the goings-on of the world. But I’ve been tracking - … Continue reading State of the World: January 2015 Update
October 9, 2014 Regardless as to the US-led airstrikes which began several weeks ago, ISIS remains on the march. As I write this, the strategic town of Kobani, on Syria’s border with Turkey, is under siege. It seems likely now that Kobani will fall to ISIS - and Turkey seems to sit on the border with … Continue reading The ISIS Threat: As Viewed from Neighboring Lebanon