Bolton Is Gone, But Not the Threat of War

Sep 20, 2019

John Bolton tried his best. The national security adviser entered the Trump administration as a predictable warmonger with an unslakable thirst for power. He streamlined the national security apparatus to maximize his access to the president. At least at first, he played the role of loyal...

Is the EU Alone Enough to Save the Iran Deal?
Sep 19, 2019

Is the EU Alone Enough to Save the Iran Deal?

The Ongoing Quest to Understand the Saudi Role in 9/11
Sep 19, 2019

The Ongoing Quest to Understand the Saudi Role in 9/11

Another Middle East War Is Internationalized
Sep 18, 2019

Another Middle East War Is Internationalized

Iran’s Destabilizing Agenda in North Africa

Iran’s Destabilizing Agenda in North Africa

Sep 18, 2019

The Islamic Republic of Iran’s foreign policy is largely based on its revolutionary anti-Western rhetoric and hostility toward the US and some of Washington’s close allies in the Middle East. Since 1979, Tehran has relied on local proxies in the region, such as Lebanese Hezbollah, as well as a...

How Crime Helps Finance Radical-Right Terrorism

How Crime Helps Finance Radical-Right Terrorism

Sep 16, 2019

Little research has been done on the financing of radical-right terrorist groups, especially when it comes to Germany. However, the finding within terrorism research that “money is the lifeblood of any organization, including the ones waging clandestine wars,” as Dipak K. Gupta puts it, also...

Dissident Guerrillas Are Rearming in Colombia

Dissident Guerrillas Are Rearming in Colombia

Sep 11, 2019

Early in the morning on August 28, the former head negotiator for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia (FARC), Iván Márquez, announced via a YouTube video the official rearmament of a faction of FARC in what appears to be the eastern plains on the Colombian border with Venezuela and...

15 Facts About the Kashmir Conflict

15 Facts About the Kashmir Conflict

Sep 06, 2019

Fact 1: The June 3, 1947, partition plan announced by the British government and its 1947 Indian Independence Act pertained only to the directly-administered British provinces and other territories. Note that there were 565 princely states that covered 40% of the area of pre-independent India...

We’re Not the Good Guys

We’re Not the Good Guys

Sep 05, 2019

Headlined “U.S. Seeks Other Ways to Stop Iran Shy of War,” the article was tucked away on page A9 of a recent New York Times. Still, it caught my attention. Here's the first paragraph: “American intelligence and military officers are working on additional clandestine plans to...

Unrest Heats Up in Iraq

Unrest Heats Up in Iraq

Sep 03, 2019

On August 14, a major explosion occurred in the gas transportation pipeline of the Electricity Distribution Station of Alhartha, located in Iraq’s southern governorate of Basra. Although local sources have talked of some “technical cause,” the blast’s reason remains unclear. In the...

Kashmir Explained: Why India and Pakistan Fight Over It

Kashmir Explained: Why India and Pakistan Fight Over It

Aug 27, 2019

Tensions are rising in South Asia after India ended the special status for Jammu and Kashmir by revoking Article 370. Lockdown continues in the Indian state as key leaders are in custody, communications are blocked and thousands of troops patrol the streets. Across the border, Pakistani Prime...

The Unabated Bombardment of Idlib in Syria

The Unabated Bombardment of Idlib in Syria

Aug 22, 2019

Over the last few weeks, the northwestern area of Idlib province in Syria has come under constant bombardment from regime forces and its allies. With a disturbing civilian casualty count mounting and a nation in upheaval after years of civil war, waning global attention is causing concern that one...

Fighting for Legitimacy: The Dueling Sovereignties in Southern Yemen

Fighting for Legitimacy: The Dueling Sovereignties in Southern Yemen

Aug 20, 2019

Recent clashes in Aden lay bare the untenable sociopolitical status quo in southern Yemen. Weeks of attacks and conspiracies reveal a strained Saudi-Emirati alliance and unaddressed southern Yemeni grievances. A tenuous partnership between forces of the Saudi-backed, internationally-recognized...

Kashmir Reaches a New and Dangerous Level

Kashmir Reaches a New and Dangerous Level

Aug 19, 2019

In a regional environment where the slightest miscalculated move on one side can trigger an equally miscalculated reaction from the other, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s actions on August 5 over Jammu and Kashmir are simply bizarre. Article 370 of the Indian Constitution had...

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