The Hazara Minority’s Precarious Existence in Afghanistan

May 13, 2021

On the evening of May 8, a car bomb exploded in front of a high school in a majority Hazara neighborhood of west Kabul, Afghanistan. The blast killed more than 85 civilians and injured at least 150 others, almost all of them schoolgirls aged between 13 and 18. Images shared on social media showed...

The New York Times Predicts Our Future
Apr 15, 2021

The New York Times Predicts Our Future

Is the Long War Finally Ending?
Apr 02, 2021

Is the Long War Finally Ending?

What an Afghan Peace Deal Could Look Like
Mar 02, 2021

What an Afghan Peace Deal Could Look Like

The US Will Need Turkey to Counter Russia

The US Will Need Turkey to Counter Russia

Feb 01, 2021

When it comes to the already abysmal Turkish-American relations, Joe Biden’s presidency is being viewed as an ominous train wreck waiting to happen. The president-elect has previously signaled that his administration would “tame” Turkey for policies Ankara has pursued...

Mike Pompeo’s Dismal Legacy

Mike Pompeo’s Dismal Legacy

Jan 20, 2021

As the transition from Donald Trump to Joe Biden takes place, pundits have begun offering political obituaries of prominent personalities associated with the outgoing administration. Mike Pompeo, for example. At 57, his career may not be over, but there is a sense in which, were it to be revived...

Navigating the Minefield of Arab Politics

Navigating the Minefield of Arab Politics

Jan 14, 2021

In November 2020, the Saudi Association of Senior Scholars, a government-directed mouthpiece on religious affairs, issued a fatwa (religious edict) declaring the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. In the fatwa, the scholars stated, among other reasons, that the Brotherhood seeks to...

Turkey Must Be Held Accountable for Its Abuse of Syria’s Yazidis

Turkey Must Be Held Accountable for Its Abuse of Syria’s Yazidis

Dec 09, 2020

An August report by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on the Turkish occupation of northern Syria did not mince words, testifying that there has been a dramatic increase in killings, kidnappings, unlawful transfers of people and seizures of land and properties by the Turkish military and its...

12 Years After Mumbai, the Fight Against Terrorism Continues

12 Years After Mumbai, the Fight Against Terrorism Continues

Nov 25, 2020

The 12th anniversary of the November 26, 2008, Pakistan-sponsored terror attacks in Mumbai is an apt occasion to evaluate not only India’s struggle against terrorism but also how other major countries have dealt with this menace. Nine gunmen traveled from Karachi to Mumbai by boat to unleash...

No Clear Vision to End Violence in Afghanistan

No Clear Vision to End Violence in Afghanistan

Nov 16, 2020

Afghanistan has been engulfed in bloodshed and confusion for decades. The deal between the United States and the Taliban signed on February 29 in Doha, Qatar, has added more tension to the conflict by creating competition among anti-government militants. Groups such as the Islamic State...

Countering Insurgencies and Violent Extremism in South and Southeast Asia

Countering Insurgencies and Violent Extremism in South and Southeast Asia

Sep 01, 2020

Today, people’s rising aspirations often sit at odds with political stability. Impatience, dissent and violent protests can easily slip into insurgency and terrorism. Various state machineries stand guilty of weaponizing political disaffection in pursuit of political goals. These policies often...

Can the Taliban and the Afghan Government Make Peace?

Can the Taliban and the Afghan Government Make Peace?

Aug 28, 2020

Having harbored al-Qaeda militants, the Taliban regime that ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001 was toppled by the US following the 9/11 attacks in the US. In 2003, the Taliban reorganized and began their insurgency against the Afghan government and NATO forces. Since then, despite national and...

Why the UAE Wants Somalia in the Yemen Conflict

Why the UAE Wants Somalia in the Yemen Conflict

Aug 17, 2020

In late June, the United Arab Emirates asked Somalia to enter the conflict in Yemen in return for financial incentives and the reopening of a medical facility. Somalia’s instant rejection partially resulted from the strained Mogadishu-Abu Dhabi relationship. Why did the UAE initially make the...

The Struggle Against a WMD Black Market

The Struggle Against a WMD Black Market

Aug 12, 2020

As of August 12, over 746,000 have died as a result of COVID-19 worldwide, with infections topping 20 million. Some experts are talking about the beginning of de-globalization, and economists are predicting a recession worse than the Great Depression. Both American defense and intelligence...

Load More