THE QUESTION

Is the war making the world safer for Israel, America and their allies or more dangerous?

Posted by David Ignatius on July 22, 2006 4:00 PM

FROM THE PANEL

Sami Moubayed is a Syrian political analyst and historian based in Damascus, Syria. Moubayed is the author of "Damascus Between Democracy and Dictatorship (2000)" and "Steel & Silk: Men and Women Who Shaped Syria 1900-2000 (2006)." He has also authored a biography of Syria's former President Shukri al-Quwatli and currently serves as Associate Professor at the Faculty of International Relations at al-Kalamoun University in Syria. In 2004, he created Syrianhistory.com, the first and online museum of Syrian history. He is also co-founder and editor-in-chief of FORWARD, the leading English monthly in Syria, and Vice-President of Haykal Media.

Historical Facts and the Current War

Damascus, Syria -- A common argument heard in the Middle East, advocated by many Israelis, is that Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and Hezbollah must disarm and join the political process in Lebanon and Palestine. They argue that all of the Jewish...

Sami Moubayed Damascus, Syria | 27 COMMENTS
Jul 24, 2006 at 3:42 PM
Yossi Melman is a senior commentator for the Israeli daily Haaretz. He specializes in intelligence, security, terrorism and strategic issues. An author of seven books on these topics, his most recent book, The Nuclear Sphinx of Tehran: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the State of Iran was published recently by Carroll & Graf.

This War Will Bring Safety

Yossi Melman Tel Aviv, Israel | 19 COMMENTS
Bashir Goth is a veteran journalist, freelance writer, the first Somali blogger and editor of a leading news website. He is also a regular contributor to major Middle Eastern and African newspapers and online journals.

A New Era of Realpolitik?

Bashir Goth Somalia/UAE | 7 COMMENTS
Dr. Ali Ettefagh serves as a director of Highmore Global Corporation, an investment company in emerging markets of Eastern Europe, CIS, and the Middle East. He is the co-author of several books on trade conflict, resolution of international trade disputes, conflicts in letters of credit, trade-related banking transactions, sovereign debt, arbitration and dispute resolutions and publications specific to the oil and gas, communication, aviation and finance sectors. Dr. Ettefagh is a member of the executive committee and the board of directors of The Development Foundation, an advisor to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, and an advisor to a number of European companies. Dr. Ettefagh speaks Persian (Farsi), English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic and Turkish.

The Violence of Impoverished Thought

Ali Ettefagh Tehran, Iran | 8 COMMENTS
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