What the Idlib Crisis Means for Turkey and Russia

Mar 18, 2020

As the civil war in Syria moves toward an end, it becomes ever more difficult to postpone resolution of the toughest issues. Each actor has different priorities, which are not easy to reconcile. The Syrian regime wants to regain full control of its territory, while Russia and Iran are particularly...

Business Is Brisk in MENA Arms Trade
Mar 16, 2020

Business Is Brisk in MENA Arms Trade

The Unfolding Humanitarian Catastrophe in Idlib
Mar 04, 2020

The Unfolding Humanitarian Catastrophe in Idlib

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...

The Normalization of White Supremacist Terrorism

The Normalization of White Supremacist Terrorism

Feb 27, 2020

The horrific attacks on February 19 at two shisha bars in Hanau, Germany, have led to several questions concerning motivation, activation and implication. It was the third attack by far-right extremists in nine months. In many respects, Eugenicism is making a comeback of sorts. Increasingly,...

Turkey Joins the Scramble for the Middle East

Turkey Joins the Scramble for the Middle East

Feb 19, 2020

There was a time, not so long ago, when the idea of Turkish troops placing their boots on non-Turkish soil was almost unthinkable. Turkey might bomb Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) positions in Iraq, Turkish aircraft might skirmish occasionally with Greek counterparts, but no one got their boots...

Foreign Fighters and the Global War for White Supremacy

Foreign Fighters and the Global War for White Supremacy

Feb 18, 2020

A 1975 article in British Patriot magazine tells the story of John Coey, a 24-year-old college graduate from Ohio who was killed fighting for the continuation of white supremacy in the unrecognized state of Rhodesia. A member of the National Socialist White People’s Party (previously American...

Pakistan Takes Cues From China to Clamp Down on Freedom of Expression

Pakistan Takes Cues From China to Clamp Down on Freedom of Expression

Feb 17, 2020

Sweeping new regulations restricting social media in Pakistan put freedom of expression and the media at the heart of the struggle to counter both civilizationalist and authoritarian aspects of an emerging new world order. The regulations, adopted without public debate, position US social...

Libya Is a Problem for All of Africa

Libya Is a Problem for All of Africa

Feb 14, 2020

As General Khalifa Haftar’s troops continue to battle the UN-recognized Government of National Accord for the control of Libya’s capital Tripoli in a “final push,” it is evident things might get worse than they already are for the country that has been engulfed in conflict since 2011....

With the Collapse of a Right-Wing Coalition, Has Norway Turned Its Populist Tide?

With the Collapse of a Right-Wing Coalition, Has Norway Turned Its Populist Tide?

Feb 05, 2020

The radical-right Progress Party (FRP) withdrew from Norway's coalition government on January 20. This is a big defeat for FRP leader Siv Jensen, whose big ambition was to prove his party was koalitionsfähig, or "coalition capable." After six years in government, the conflict between the populist...

Cyberspace Needs Global Norms — Here’s Where to Start

Cyberspace Needs Global Norms — Here’s Where to Start

Feb 04, 2020

Cyberspace is a realm in dire need of global norms. Despite the growing number and staggering impact of cyberattacks — across both private and public sectors — cyberspace remains largely ungoverned. Most cyberattacks, like the technology they ride on, cut across borders, rendering national...

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...

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