Mike Pompeo’s Dismal Legacy

Jan 20, 2021

As the transition from Donald Trump to Joe Biden takes place, pundits have begun offering political obituaries of prominent personalities associated with the outgoing administration. Mike Pompeo, for example. At 57, his career may not be over, but there is a sense in which, were it to be revived...

Is Assad Gearing Up for a Final Push in Syria?
Sep 24, 2020

Is Assad Gearing Up for a Final Push in Syria?

The Tug of War in Washington Around the War in Afghanistan
Sep 15, 2020

The Tug of War in Washington Around the War in Afghanistan

Countering Insurgencies and Violent Extremism in South and Southeast Asia
Sep 01, 2020

Countering Insurgencies and Violent Extremism in South and Southeast Asia

Can the Taliban and the Afghan Government Make Peace?

Can the Taliban and the Afghan Government Make Peace?

Aug 28, 2020

Having harbored al-Qaeda militants, the Taliban regime that ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001 was toppled by the US following the 9/11 attacks in the US. In 2003, the Taliban reorganized and began their insurgency against the Afghan government and NATO forces. Since then, despite national and...

How Osama bin Laden Got His Revenge

How Osama bin Laden Got His Revenge

Jul 27, 2020

It’s July 2020 and I’ve just turned 76, which, as far as I’m concerned, officially makes me an old man. So, put up with my aging, wandering brain here, since (I swear) I wasn’t going to start this piece with Donald Trump, no matter his latest wild claims or bizarre statements, increasingly...

Iraq Has a Unique Opportunity to Limit Iranian Influence

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

Iraq Faces Insecurity Alone

May 07, 2020

In late March, the US-led coalition, operating under the auspices of Operation Inherent Resolve, announced that it was relocating most of its personnel and equipment out of Iraq. By early April, the coalition already completed the transfer of four major bases hosting US-led troops back to Iraqi...

Is Turkey About to Become a Drone Superpower?

Is Turkey About to Become a Drone Superpower?

May 05, 2020

Wars and armed conflicts change the course of history and drive technological progress. This is particularly true when it comes to the development of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and their combat use. Following 9/11 and Washington’s declaration of war on international terrorism, reliance on...

Will COVID-19 Alter the Global Order?

Will COVID-19 Alter the Global Order?

Apr 27, 2020

Fear, in the globalized sense of the word, had largely dissipated ever since the height of the Cold War, when the world stood by as the two superpowers stared each other down with nuclear weapons. Largely absent since the days of brinkmanship seen during the Berlin Airlift and the Cuban Missile...

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

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

Apr 14, 2020

Nearly one year has passed since the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka, and in the midst of a lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, the anniversary was marked under somber circumstances. The trauma of these terrorist attacks — which occurred when an Islamic extremist group bombed churches...

Will the US-Taliban Deal Bring Peace to Afghanistan?

Will the US-Taliban Deal Bring Peace to Afghanistan?

Mar 02, 2020

After a week-long reduction in violence to test the Taliban’s ability to control their fighters on the ground in Afghanistan, the US and the Taliban signed their long-awaited peace agreement on February 29 in Qatar’s capital, Doha. The deal, officially titled the Agreement for Bringing Peace...

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,...

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