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  • Originally published 04/27/2016

    Bill to protect antiquities worldwide goes to Obama

    Late in the day, April 26, 2016 and with final House passage, the US government has approved its final amended version of H.R. 1493, "The Protect and Preserve International Cultural Property Act" agreed to in the Senate by Unanimous Consent.

  • Originally published 04/01/2016

    Should we 3D print a new Palmyra?

    Emma Cunliffe

    Many argue that 3D printing fails to capture the authenticity of the original structures, amounting to little more than the Disneyfication of heritage.

  • Originally published 12/30/2015

    Defeating an Insurgency by Air

    Christopher A. Lawrence

    We cannot think of a single insurgency that was defeated by airpower, primarily defeated by airpower, or even seriously undermined by airpower.

  • Originally published 12/30/2015

    In Retrospect: A Year of Sharpening Contradictions

    Juan Cole

    We have a model for response to terrorist provocation and attempts at sharpening the contradictions. It is Norway after Anders Behring Breivik committed mass murder of Norwegian leftists for being soft on Islam. The Norwegian government launched no war on terror.

  • Originally published 12/28/2015

    ISIS vs. History

    Allen Fromherz

    What the rise and fall of a 12th-century Islamic empire does (and doesn’t) tell us about the rise (and fall?) of ISIS.

  • Originally published 12/21/2015

    Now ISIS is destroying gravestones in Mosul

    There are reliable reports that armed groups from ISIS have begun a determined and systematic campaign to destroy all grave stones in all the cemeteries of the city.

  • Originally published 12/21/2015

    A Medieval Antidote to ISIS

    Mustafa Akyol

    Could a long-forgotten Islamic doctrine hold the key to defeating the radicals in Iraq and Syria?

  • Originally published 12/14/2015

    The Return of History

    Aatish Taseer

    The Islamic State’s treatment of history is particularly extreme, but a similar return of history is occurring with varying degrees of intensity all across the old world.

  • Originally published 12/03/2015

    Beyond ISIS

    Andrew J. Bacevich

    The Folly of World War IV

  • Originally published 11/30/2015

    Who is Right in Syria?

    Lawrence Davidson

    Stability can only be assured by the reimposition of order by Damascus. The folks in Washington, Paris and Ankara might not like that, but they are not the ones facing a future of anarchy. 

  • Originally published 11/20/2015

    Ignoring the Lessons of 9/11

    Ryan Lizza

    The 9/11 Commission Report warned that no terror group should ever be allowed a sanctuary. ISIS is now safely operating in one the size of Indiana.

  • Originally published 11/11/2015

    The New Monument Men Outsmart ISIS

    Founded in 2012 by Roger Michel, the Institute for Digital Archaeology is a joint effort between Harvard University and Oxford University to create an open-source database of high-resolution images and three-dimensional graphics of things like paper and papyrus documents, epigraphs and small artifacts.

  • Originally published 10/05/2015

    ISIS Destroys Triumphal Arches in Palmyra, Syria

    Another landmark structure in Syria’s ancient city of Palmyra has been deliberately destroyed by Islamic State militants. The building involved this time was a set of triumphal arches, erected in the second century.

  • Originally published 09/28/2015

    Assad drops barrel bombs on Palmyra

    Almost a third of the walls of the 13th-century Mamluk citadel, a Unesco world heritage site, had been badly damaged in the latest bombardment.

  • Originally published 07/22/2015

    ISIL Leader’s Loot

    On May 15, 2015, U.S. Special Operations Forces recovered a cache of hundreds of archaeological and historical objects and fragments during a raid in al-Amr (eastern Syria) to capture ISIL leader Abu Sayyaf.

  • Originally published 07/03/2015

    And now this, ISIS?

    Now they have destroyed a tomb dating back to the 13th century. 

  • Originally published 07/01/2015

    Did Obama Really “Cut and Run” and “Abandon” Iraq to ISIS?

    Brian Glyn Williams

    Far from ending the conflict and creating an inclusive, multi-ethnic state, Shiite prime minister, Nouri al Maliki's anti-Sunni policies directly led to the rise of ISIS. He, along with Paul Bremer, is the man most responsible for creating ISIS.

  • Originally published 06/22/2015

    This is One Reason the World Is on Fire

    Lawrence Davidson

    Millions of people, Muslims, Jews and Christians and others not only still idealize a religiously imagined past, but want, in one way or another, to import that past into the present.

  • Originally published 09/23/2014

    Shock & Awe In Syria: It never Works

    Juan Cole

    "The US belief in air power is touching, but in fact no conflict has ever been quickly brought to an end where US planes have been involved."

  • Originally published 09/22/2014

    The Vietnamization of the War on ISIS?

    Max Boot

    The comparison may be unfair, but it is also inevitable when one reads that “the U.S. military campaign against Islamist militants in Syria is being designed to allow President Barack Obama to exert a high degree of personal control, going so far as to require that the military obtain presidential signoff for strikes in Syrian territory.”