Iraq Has a Unique Opportunity to Limit Iranian Influence

Jul 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...

Iraq Faces Insecurity Alone
May 07, 2020

Iraq Faces Insecurity Alone

Remembering the Easter Sunday Victims in the Shadow of COVID-19
Apr 14, 2020

Remembering the Easter Sunday Victims in the Shadow of COVID-19

Will the US-Taliban Deal Bring Peace to Afghanistan?
Mar 02, 2020

Will the US-Taliban Deal Bring Peace to Afghanistan?

The Gray Lady and Withdrawing US Troops From Afghanistan

The Gray Lady and Withdrawing US Troops From Afghanistan

Mar 02, 2020

The New York Times editorial board weighs in with its ethical take on the news of the agreement with Taliban leaders to end the US military presence in Afghanistan. The newspaper’s editorial describes the peace deal as “a ticket out of Afghanistan for American troops who’ve been there far...

Made in Britain: Understanding the Realities of Radicalization

Made in Britain: Understanding the Realities of Radicalization

Feb 06, 2020

Sudesh Amman, a first-generation Sri Lankan Muslim, was shot dead on the streets of south London by undercover police officers on February 2. Released less than two months after serving half his sentence, Amman attacked three people with a knife he had purchased moments earlier. Questions are now...

Is Afghanistan Ready to Negotiate With the Taliban?

Is Afghanistan Ready to Negotiate With the Taliban?

Jan 28, 2020

After more than a year of negotiations between US and Taliban representatives in Qatar, talks have now reached a critical point. The two sides are reportedly close to signing an agreement that will pave the way for intra-Afghan dialogue and the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan....

Why a Troop Drawdown in Africa Is Exactly the Wrong Approach

Why a Troop Drawdown in Africa Is Exactly the Wrong Approach

Jan 21, 2020

On December 24, 2019, The New York Times reported that Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper is weighing proposals for a major reduction — or even a complete pullout — of US forces from West Africa. This is the first phase of reviewing deployments that could reshuffle thousands of troops worldwide...

Who Wins and Loses in the Middle East?

Who Wins and Loses in the Middle East?

Jan 10, 2020

Following Iran’s missile attacks on a two US airbase, one outside Baghdad and the second near Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan, US President Donald Trump almost triumphantly announced that Iran is now standing down in their the two countries’ intensified conflict following the killing of Quds Force...

The Global War of Error

The Global War of Error

Jan 09, 2020

Yes, our infrastructure stinks, our schools are failing, this country’s a nightmare of inequality and there’s a self-promoting madman in the White House. So, isn’t it time to take pride in the rare institutional victories America has had in this century? Arguably, none...

How International Media Cover Kashmir

How International Media Cover Kashmir

Dec 17, 2019

Four months after India’s abrogation of Article 370 in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, different reports on the situation have emerged from national and international media. Indian media have focused on the return of normalcy in the region with limited mention of the human rights violations...

Don’t Just Focus on Trump’s Crimes at Home

Don’t Just Focus on Trump’s Crimes at Home

Nov 22, 2019

It’s a cliché in Westerns. The bad guys ride into town only to be met by a sheriff who stands tall. “I am the law,” the sheriff says, “and you boys better move on.”  This line appears in King Vidor’s 1930 film, "Billy the Kid." But the speaker, sheriff William...

Turkey’s Plan in Syria: Squash Dreams of Kurdish Autonomy

Turkey's Plan in Syria: Squash Dreams of Kurdish Autonomy

Nov 12, 2019

As the Arab Spring morphed into a bloody civil war in Syria in 2011, there was an opportunity for the country’s Kurdish movement to establish, develop and consolidate an autonomous administration. Kurds in Syria have been under long-time oppression by the government of both Hafez al-Assad and...

The Islamic State and Donald Trump’s Delusion

The Islamic State and Donald Trump’s Delusion

Nov 01, 2019

Even before the recent raid that resulted in the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the erstwhile head of the Islamic State (IS or ISIS), US President Donald Trump had spoken of how he had single-handedly defeated the caliphate. “Now, when I came, the caliphate was all over the place,” the...

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