We May Be Better Off Without a Clear Definition of Terrorism

Jul 23, 2019

In all likelihood, you have an ambiguous understanding of “terrorism.” The average individual can recognize an event as terrorism but, when asked to define the term, is able to offer only the most general of definitions. The reason for this is that terrorism is undefined or, more accurately,...

Africa’s Long Road to Democracy
Jul 18, 2019

Africa’s Long Road to Democracy

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

It’s Time the World Wakes Up to Iran’s Threat
Jun 21, 2019

It's Time the World Wakes Up to Iran’s Threat

Without Curbing the Opium Trade, Afghanistan Is Unlikely to See Peace

Without Curbing the Opium Trade, Afghanistan Is Unlikely to See Peace

May 31, 2019

The question of drugs is one that will determine Afghanistan’s future. While the talks between the United States and the Taliban continue, one key factor contributing to Afghanistan’s instability is not discussed — opium cultivation and drug trafficking. Afghanistan is the top producer of...

Sri Lanka’s Persecuted Muslims Are Turning Radical

Sri Lanka’s Persecuted Muslims Are Turning Radical

May 23, 2019

After decades of persecution by the Sinhalese and Tamils, Sri Lanka’s Muslims are abandoning local syncretic Islam and turning to a more radical version. The Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility for the Easter Sunday attacks across Sri Lanka. This raises many questions about the...

The Dangers of Going After the Muslim Brotherhood

The Dangers of Going After the Muslim Brotherhood

May 14, 2019

Naming and shaming the Muslim Brotherhood, at considerable diplomatic and social cost and for little discernible benefit, is a policy idea that should never be allowed to see the light of day. It’s a muggy summer morning in Washington, and the United States has just named the Muslim...

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

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

May 08, 2019

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to John L. Harper, the Kenneth H. Keller professor of American foreign policy at Johns Hopkins University. Foreign policy decisions made by US President Donald Trump have been widely criticized both by his opponents and his own party....

The Afghan Peace Process: Two Phases of the Taliban

The Afghan Peace Process: Two Phases of the Taliban

Apr 30, 2019

The prospect of a peaceful Afghanistan is only realistic if the Taliban breaks ties with other terrorist groups, agrees to a ceasefire and joins the intra-Afghan peace talks. The Afghan government has been calling for peace talks for many years, yet only in November 2018 did the Taliban agree to...

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...

Sri Lankans Are Waiting for Answers

Sri Lankans Are Waiting for Answers

Apr 22, 2019

Terrorism always has its reasons, but this well-coordinated campaign of bombings in Sri Lanka defies the understanding of all observers. At the time of publishing, 24 people have been arrested for the wave of murderous attacks on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka. Not only do we not know who these...

Can an Interim Government Provide a Peaceful Solution to the War in Afghanistan?

Can an Interim Government Provide a Peaceful Solution to the War in Afghanistan?

Apr 10, 2019

It is important that any peace deal should further legitimize the current state, strengthen the post-2001 democratization process and include all the parties involved in the conflict. With the US stating its intention to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, the doors have opened for political...

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...

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