Can the Taliban Govern Responsibly?

October 18, 2021

Following the fall of Kabul in August, the first face-to-face meeting between US officials and the Taliban took place last week. As is typical in such first encounters, both sides came with their respective agendas, including demands and requests of the other side. The one issue on which both...

Leaving Afghan Allies Behind Is a Threat to US Security
September 21, 2021

Leaving Afghan Allies Behind Is a Threat to US Security

Chaos Makes a Comeback in Southern Yemen
September 16, 2021

Chaos Makes a Comeback in Southern Yemen

How America Won the War in Afghanistan
September 15, 2021

How America Won the War in Afghanistan

The War on Terror Drove Iraq Into Iran’s Orbit

The War on Terror Drove Iraq Into Iran’s Orbit

September 13, 2021

After al-Qaeda targeted the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, then-US President George W. Bush declared his (in)famous doctrine of the global war on terror, which will continue to have a great effect on the Middle East and the world for the coming decades, if not...

The War on Terror Was Never Turkey’s Fight

The War on Terror Was Never Turkey’s Fight

September 09, 2021

Do you know where you were on August 14, 2001? Perhaps not, since it isn't a defining day in world history in quite the same way as September 11, 2001, or 9/11, as it’s become known. Yet in the Turkish political landscape, August 14, 2001, can now be seen as something of a watershed...

How 9/11 and the War on Terror Shaped the World

How 9/11 and the War on Terror Shaped the World

September 08, 2021

On September 11, 2001, 19 militants associated with the Islamist terrorist group al-Qaeda hijacked four planes and launched suicide attacks on iconic symbols of America, first striking the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York and then the Pentagon. It would be the deadliest act of...

The Hazara Minority’s Precarious Existence in Afghanistan

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...

Is the Long War Finally Ending?

Is the Long War Finally Ending?

April 02, 2021

In October 1944, with the end of World War II in sight, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin passed a note back and forth to each other at a conference in Moscow. On the piece of paper, Churchill had assigned percentages to several Eastern European countries. Stalin amended the numbers...

No Clear Vision to End Violence in Afghanistan

No Clear Vision to End Violence in Afghanistan

November 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

September 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...

Shamima Begum: The Sensitive Case of IS Returnees

Shamima Begum: The Sensitive Case of IS Returnees

August 10, 2020

Born in the UK to Bangladeshi parents, Shamima Begum left London as a 15-year-old in 2015. Using her British passport, she traveled to Turkey with two of her friends from school. From there, Begum and her friends crossed into Syria, where they met their Islamic State (IS) contacts. While in Syria,...

Iraq Has a Unique Opportunity to Limit Iranian Influence

Iraq Has a Unique Opportunity to Limit Iranian Influence

July 08, 2020

The appointment of the new Iraqi prime minister, Mustafa al-Kadhimi, could have significant implications for the country’s relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran, which has heavily meddled in Iraq’s affairs post-2003. Kadhimi was serving as the director of the Iraqi National Intelligence...

Can US Special Operations Command Be Held Accountable?

Can US Special Operations Command Be Held Accountable?

May 20, 2020

Last October, a group of eight Apache attack and CH-47 Chinook helicopters carrying US commandos roared out of an airfield in Iraq. They raced through Turkish airspace and across the Syrian border, coming in low as they approached a village just north of Idlib province where Islamic...

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