Turkey’s New Role in the Middle East Divides the Arab World

Jul 12, 2019

When Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) ascended to power in 2002, Ankara’s foreign policy in the Middle East was extremely different from what it is today. From the founding of the Republic of Turkey in 1923 until the beginning of this century, the ideology and stances of Mustafa...

A Delicate Balance of Power in Syria’s Last Opposition Stronghold
Jun 24, 2019

A Delicate Balance of Power in Syria’s Last Opposition Stronghold

Sri Lanka’s Persecuted Muslims Are Turning Radical
May 23, 2019

Sri Lanka’s Persecuted Muslims Are Turning Radical

In Today’s Foreign Policy, the Only Law Is the Law of the Strongest
May 08, 2019

In Today's Foreign Policy, the Only Law Is the Law of the Strongest

Mike Pompeo’s Inspired Sermon on the War on Terror

Mike Pompeo’s Inspired Sermon on the War on Terror

Apr 29, 2019

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wants everyone to understand that the bombings in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday provide a justification for the war on terror initiated by George W. Bush, which has become a permanent and dominant feature of US foreign policy. His tone sounded almost thankful for the...

There Is No End in Sight for Turmoil in the Middle East

There Is No End in Sight for Turmoil in the Middle East

Apr 18, 2019

In this edition of the Interview, Fair Observer talks to Gilbert Achcar, professor of international relations at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. The Middle East and North Africa continues to reverberate from the 2011 Arab Spring protests that rocked the region...

Anti-Muslim Hate Crime Is a New Form of Racism

Anti-Muslim Hate Crime Is a New Form of Racism

Mar 28, 2019

Anti-Muslim hate crime, which spikes following terror attacks, is inextricably intertwined with racism. This article has been difficult to write because I was hoping that, in 2019, I would not need to start talking about international terrorism and how it can impact the streets of Britain....

A Shadow Caliphate Emerges from the Ruins

A Shadow Caliphate Emerges from the Ruins

Mar 27, 2019

The extent to which the Islamic State has re-established itself in a country where it was supposedly defeated is testament to its resilience and to the appeal of its extremist ideology. The narrative is an appealing one. The Islamic State (IS or ISIS) was cornered and down to defending a single...

China’s Uighur Persecution: Ethnic Diversity Is a Challenge to Beijing

China's Uighur Persecution: Ethnic Diversity Is a Challenge to Beijing

Mar 25, 2019

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Dr. Anna Hayes, senior lecturer of political science at James Cook University in North Queensland, Australia. Uighurs are a Turkic people native to Central and East Asia and one of the 55 ethnic minorities officially recognized by the...

How Controversial Is Britain’s Counterterrorism Strategy?

How Controversial Is Britain’s Counterterrorism Strategy?

Feb 28, 2019

Throughout its development, Prevent has faced severe criticism but has remained protected by the armor of national security. On January 22, Britain’s security minister, Ben Wallace, announced there was to be an independent review of the government’s Prevent strategy. The review was launched...

Shamima Begum: A Jihadi Bride’s Plea to Return

Shamima Begum: A Jihadi Bride’s Plea to Return

Feb 19, 2019

A case of an IS bride’s newborn child raises questions of citizenship, personhood and agency. You probably haven’t heard of Marshae Jones. Last December, she was arrested after a shooting at a convenience store in Pleasant Grove, a small town in Alabama. Jones, who was pregnant at the time,...

Gateway Organizations: Understanding the Lure of the Radical Right

Gateway Organizations: Understanding the Lure of the Radical Right

Feb 15, 2019

To date, the notion of gateway organizations has in the most part been used to help explain processes of radicalization in relation to Islamic extremism. Since September 11, 2001, the radical right has been on the rise in terms of popularity and reach across Western states. The 9/11 attacks, the...

The Forever War in the Middle East Is Far from Over

The Forever War in the Middle East Is Far from Over

Jan 18, 2019

US involvement in Syria — hesitant, misguided, quixotic — has been benighted from the beginning. Donald Trump wants to pull US troops out of Syria as quickly as possible. Well, it’s Friday, so that’s what the president wants now. Tomorrow, who knows, maybe he’ll insist that Syria pay...

Pompeo Attempts US Reset in the Middle East

Pompeo Attempts US Reset in the Middle East

Jan 16, 2019

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s recent visit to the Middle East summed up America’s limited policy vision for the region. Nearly a year after his predecessor embarked on a similar mission, on January 15 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo concluded a tour of the Middle East that included...

Load More