Understanding War in Afghanistan: Politics, Culture and Social History

October 14, 2014

The war in Afghanistan should be studied in relation to political culture, political economy and broader national and regional history. After the formation of the modern nation-state between 1880-1929, Afghanistan has witnessed at least seven major conflicts. Starting from the war of state...

Iraq: The Struggle for Truth in Fallujah

March 08, 2014

Maliki's war cry over fighting al-Qaeda is a clear subversion of the truth. As violence in Fallujah escalates to near-unprecedented levels, the entire narrative of the fighting seems to evade a number of key points. Namely, this fighting was not precipitated by the capture of Sunni strongholds by...

Time for Iraq to Take Responsibility (Part 2/2)

January 29, 2014

Blaming foreign influences and a lack of introspection has dogged Iraq’s history for far too long. Leading to the second point, US foreign policy, while misguided in several instances, is not a decisive cause of Iraq’s failing democracy. Even arguments made...

Beyond Al-Qaeda, the Real Yemen

August 27, 2013

Not all of Yemen’s challenges have to do with al-Qaeda and terrorism. This month’s unidentified threat that led to the closure of the United States embassy and several US drone strikes around Yemen, has once again shone an international spotlight on the country.  Simply put, as a...

The Tribal Factor in Syria’s Rebellion

July 14, 2013

Armed tribal groups are active participants in Syria’s civil war. Tribalism remains a primary form of communal identity among Arab Sunnis across Syria, regardless of whether they live in rural or urban areas. As a...