The Desperate Plight of the Assyrian Christians of Iraq and Syria

August 06, 2014

Indigenous Assyrian Christians of Iraq and Syria face persecution after the Islamic State’s territorial gains. Assyrian Christians are the indigenous people of a contiguous region spanning northeast Syria, southeast Turkey, northwest Iran and northern Iraq. Their primary religious...

Lesson of Lebanon Can Help Solve Syrian Crisis

February 19, 2014

Could Lebanon's 15-year conflict prove to be a lesson for Syria? Lebanon’s civil war, which cost some 150,000 lives, was brought to a much needed if unsatisfactory end by the Taif Agreement, or National Reconciliation Accord. It had become clear to the warring Shi'a, Sunni and...

France’s 19th Century Foreign Policy Fails in 2014

January 23, 2014

French intervention in the Central African Republic has turned out to be a bigger challenge than initially expected. Under the pretext of sparing the world another genocide, France deployed 1,600 troops to the Central African Republic (CAR) late last year. Since Operation Sangaris was launched,...

Al-Qaeda’s Governance Strategy in Raqqa

December 19, 2013

An insight into Raqqa, a Syrian city under the control of an al-Qaeda affiliate. "Every 15 minutes someone poured water on me, electrocuted me, kicked me, and then walked out," says one activist in...

National Unity is the Solution to Lebanon’s Refugee Crisis

May 24, 2013

As Syria’s civil war rages on, thousands of refugees flee daily to Lebanon. The Lebanese state needs to focus on national unity to avoid further political instability.  By the end of 2013, Lebanon estimates that there will be a staggering 1.2 million Syrian refugees within its borders, in...