Chaos Makes a Comeback in Southern Yemen

September 16, 2021

The six-year conflict in Yemen currently sees a stalemate in Mareb and mounting losses by pro-government forces elsewhere. This has led to the resurgence of chaos in the war-torn country, which threatens stability across liberated areas of the south. Houthi rebels based in Sanaa, the Yemeni...

The Libyan Government Faces Numerous Challenges

July 05, 2021

On February 5, the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF), a 75-member body, supervised by the United Nations, approved Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh’s list of officials to temporarily run national affairs. Their mandate will last until presidential and parliamentary elections take place on December 24....

Can the Saudi Call for Ceasefire in Yemen Work?

April 13, 2020

On April 9, the government of Saudi Arabia unilaterally called for a two-week ceasefire in the five-year conflict that has ravaged Yemen, the Middle East’s poorest nation. The UN, the European Union and the US Congress have long called for a suspension of hostilities and a return to...

US Special Ops at War 

January 11, 2018

US Special Operations Forces were deployed to 149 nations in 2017, or about 75% of the countries on the planet. At around 11 o’clock that night, four Lockheed MC-130 Combat Talons, turboprop Special Operations aircraft, were flying through a moonless sky from Pakistan into Afghan airspace. On...

The World This Week: Peace For Our Time

February 28, 2016

As economic woes continue and people stream into Europe, Russia and the US reach an agreement on Syria that is unlikely to work. This week, the pound plummeted. It had its worst week since the recent financial crisis. The United Kingdom’s troubled marriage with Europe faces a real potential...

Republicans Miss the Point of 13 Hours

February 22, 2016

Will Michael Bay’s film prove to be a political success for the Republican Party? Director Michael Bay’s latest film, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, has attracted the attention of the Republican Party, who view it as a condemnation of Hillary Clinton’s tenure as US secretary of...

The Islamic State is Not Al-Qaeda

July 10, 2015

If the international community sees the Islamic State as a mere extension of al-Qaeda, the measures taken against it will fail. On June 26, the world watched in horror as terrorists unleashed a series of attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait and France. While people struggle to make sense of the...

What Lies Behind the Rise of Jihadist Movements in Africa?

June 11, 2015

The failure of African states to adequately address their differences has provided the fertile ground on which rebel groups now prosper. Africa arguably faces the biggest threat to political stability since the collapse of colonialism in the mid-20th century. The threat comes from the...

Does the Yemen Conflict Pose a Threat to the GCC?

April 18, 2015

A domestic rebellion in Yemen has devolved into a sectarian security threat to the entire Arabian Peninsula. What started out in 2004 as an internal conflict between the Houthis — a Shiite rebel movement — and the Yemeni government seems to have devolved into an ideological and geopolitical...

Four Years After Gaddafi, Libya is a Failed State

April 07, 2015

Weapons are pouring out of Africa’s most oil-rich country, while extremist fighters tumble in. Nearly four years after NATO-backed rebels toppled Muammar Gaddafi, the former Libyan ruler, Libya has plunged into chaotic unrest. The failure of last year’s election to achieve political unity...

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