Turkmen: The Missing Piece in the Syria-Iraq Debate

October 13, 2014

The Turkmen across Syria and Iraq are stuck between sectarian conflict and Kurdish nationalism. Syria and Iraq are now one battleground involving local militants, governments and foreign jihadists. In this mix, ethnic Turkmen are the largest population that is seldom talked about. Yet with over...

Our Man in Kabul: America and the Next President of Afghanistan

April 04, 2014

What does Washington hope for from Afghanistan's next leader? After 13 long years, over a trillion dollars spent and thousands of lost lives, the United States is finally bowing out of Afghanistan. To outsiders, Afghanistan might still seem like a fragile state racked by continuous...

Afghanistan Election 2014: Near-Term Political Projections

March 31, 2014

Eventually, democracy will take on a unique tailor-made character for Afghanistan. The upcoming months hold several changes for Afghanistan. They can be categorized under politics, security and economics, with implications for both country and region. This article assesses the political aspects...