When we set up Think Peace online, we envisioned ourselves as a small independent peace group that would concentrate on its relevant message of the week based on the group’s analysis of international developments and thus did not think that we would get too much attention or have adversaries who would want to hack us.

Along the way, our site was hacked a number of times, by simple hackers – seeking to push various political messages.

However, in 2014 at a time when the site was far less active – as we were concentrating on the same work elsewhere – it was “hacked hugely”.

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Against this reality, all the criticism of President Obama concerning his minimalist approach toward the region seems misplaced… the president’s instincts on the politics of the region are largely correct. When people are engaged in high-stakes struggles over basic questions of identity, citizenship and nationalism, it is up to them and their leaders to discover a formula that will make their societies successful. (more…)

We have reached a watershed moment for U.S. policy in the Middle East. Some in Washington continue to play politics with good policy, but for the American people, this is a no-brainer: work the diplomatic process or get into another bloody and expensive war in the Middle East? Put boots on the ground (again) or keep nuclear inspectors in Iran?

Diplomacy has already reaped benefits: it has increased U.S. security while avoiding another war. (more…)