Ari Katz

Contributing Editor (International Security)
Ari Katz, Contributing Editor (International Security) at Fair Observer, studied International Relations and Middle East US Foreign Policy at the American University School of International Service. When not investigating security issues for Fair Observer, Ari provides analysis for the nonprofit Katz Global Strategies and serves as a volunteer firefighter/paramedic with a busy urban fire department. Believing in a multidisciplinary approach to international relations, he enjoys integrating his intellectual curiosity, national service, language skills, operational experience, scientific insight, and MENA travel to inform and enrich his investigation of US national security challenges.

The Korean Peninsula: Conflict on the Horizon?

May 01, 2013

As tension between North and South Korea continues, an armed conflict, however contained, can potentially wreak havoc in the Korean Peninsula and the wider East Asian region. Background North Korea has continued its policy of aggressive posturing and combative rhetoric under new leader Kim Jong-un, albeit a note shriller than...

Countering Maritime Piracy: A Collaborative Approach

April 14, 2013

Synergizing resources and technology from private and public stakeholders, can produce more effective and cost efficient counter-maritime piracy measures. In light of sequestration, analysts project that countering maritime piracy will take a back seat to the Asia rebalancing and other more existential US foreign policy issues. Unfortunately, this rationing of...

Forever in Exile: The Iranian Mujahideen-e Khalq

July 03, 2012

The Mujahideen-e Khalq will never have the necessary popular grassroots to carry the banner of a future revolution against the Islamic Republic of Iran. With the failure of yet another round of nuclear talks and the Islamic Republic of Iran remaining ever more defiant, sentiments in the West may once...

Global Terrorism and Security: An Overview

June 26, 2012

Terrorism remains a threat to safety and security of people around the world, from the Americas to China, Eurasia to Southeast Asia, and many countries in between. Governments must work hard to ensure their citizens are not harmed.  Background

Turkey: Modern Assertiveness in a Globalized World

May 08, 2012

Turkey is a predominantly Sunni Muslim, ethnically Turkish country with a Kurdish minority. Its role in several ongoing geopolitical sagas, its increasingly public Islamic conservatism, and its newly assertive nature has positioned Turkey squarely on the international stage. Background

The Iranian Nuclear Crisis

April 03, 2012

A summary of the Iranian nuclear crisis. As the US begins to draw down its hard Middle East presence and pivots to Asia, Iran’s alleged pursuit of nuclear weapons continues to be perceived as one of the most salient global issues. This complex saga can only be understood within a...

Chaos in Syria

February 05, 2012

A summary of the events that have marked the ongoing Syrian uprising. In January 2011, the self-immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi sparked a popular wave of discontent that has been sweeping the Middle East and catalyzing a relatively rapid deposition of longtime political leadership. Syria, with Bashar Al Assad still clenching...