Defining a Nation State in the 21st Century

July 18, 2013

Dreams of liberty and opportunity are sometimes long deferred, but they cannot be forever denied. With the growing onslaught of ethnic and minority conflicts in much of the emerging world, it often appears that we are on the edge of shaking out the structure of the Westphalian state system...

The Unknown Side of Iran’s Presidential Election

May 31, 2013

Reza J takes a closer look at some of the unknown aspects of the upcoming Iranian presidential election and examines Facebook as an instrument of dissent. Forget all you have heard so far about Iran’s presidential election. Analysts are discussing the disqualification of Hashemi Rafsanjani...

Algeria: The Arab World’s Next Revolt?

May 20, 2013

With President Bouteflika recovering from a stroke in a French hospital, Algeria's rising tension among soccer fans could lead the country towards an uprising, argues James M. Dorsey. Algeria is competing to be the next Arab nation to witness a popular revolt. That is assuming soccer is a...

Iraq Under Fire: Sectarian Strife Plagues the Country

May 15, 2013

In the midst of growing unrest in the Middle East, Iraq is yet again ablaze, fueled by sectarian strife. Sunni protests, pushing against a Shia leadership, have led international spectators to already call a civil war in the country. Iraq, a country embroiled in sectarian warfare, must now rise...

Sectarian Tensions in Iraq

May 14, 2013

Last month’s spike in violence across Iraq has underscored the sectarian tensions that have been on the rise since the withdrawal of US troops. Background Of the numerous challenges facing Iraq as a nation, sectarian tension between its Shia majority and Sunni minority may be the most...