Category Middle East

Retrograde Reset on Middle East Policy: Here’s Looking at You, Iran!

President Trump’s first foreign trip is turning out to be a strategic grand show of his worldview. His administration will attempt to shape Middle East policy in accordance with the Trumpian branding of winners and losers. Trump reaffirmed a strong commitment to building on the traditional alliance America has with both Saudi Arabia and Israel, […]

Part 2: Islam, Democracy and Pluralism: Modernity in an Age of Arab Power Politics

What is the potential for democracy in the Arab-Muslim World? This is the preeminent question that will dominate the Middle East for decades to come. The current civil wars raging in Syria, Iraq, Libya, and Yemen will shape new political borders of the Middle East. These countries mark the frontiers for the development of new […]

Antiquity Rising: Political Islam And The New Battle Grounds Of Religion Vs. Secularism

Religion and Politics in a Changing International Order The balance between the role of religion in the construction of political authority has plagued not only contemporary society, but through the dawn of development in ancient society. The ideological doctrines of international relations and religion are irrevocably intertwined as competing entities and have historically been in […]

Quick Look: A New Power Triad of Russia, Turkey, and Iran?

Yesterday was an important day in the strategic realignment of Turkey’s new age power alliance system. Erdogan is attempting to stabilize Turkey’s regional standing after the failed July 15, 2016 coup by traveling to St. Petersburg as his first foreign trip. Erdogan is sending a loud message to the United States that he is willing […]

The Middle East Needs its Own Vienna 1814

The Middle East is currently in the beginning of a grand regional realignment, one that is sending shock waves that have permeated the post-Cold War alliance system. In order for the Middle East to stabilize, conditions must be conducive for a balance of power treaty that can bridge the divide between the Islamist driven politics […]

If Syria Collapses: Is Failed State Status a Political Endgame or a Path Towards Peace?

Labeling a country, in this case Syria, a failed state is beset with political overtures and overarching consequences. The international community has given itself the power of principle but has been unable to administer a truly just cause when dictating the label “failed state.” The provisional notations used to outline the statistics of healthy states […]

Strategies to Mitigate the Human Rights Violations by Assad Regime Forces

BACKGROUND Revolutionary fervor has swept the Middle East into a heavy pull of political discord and reactionary violence. What began as civilian protests in Syria has turned into a full-scale civil (and now regional) war with no end in sight. It is estimated that over 220,000 civilians have died in the conflict. There is documented […]

The Oslo Accords: One Step Forward and Two Steps Back on a Bridge to Nowhere

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is anchored in the political dispositions and psychological calculations of a discordant and heavily misunderstood history. With the creation of the State of Israel in 1948 and the subsequent wars of 1967 and 1973, reciprocal animosity among Jews and Palestinians became the sole characteristic of the violently cyclical ethnic conflict. The procession […]

HOW DID ISRAEL GET THE WEST BANK AND IS IT REALLY AN ILLEGAL OCCUPATION?

Why does this question matter? It matters because the Arab-Israeli conflict is typically presented through headlines and snippets of information. Attempting to answer this question is only one part of a multilayered story. What I hope to have you see is that the question of Palestinian and Israeli sovereignty does not exist in a vacuum […]

THE MOST UNDER-REPORTED SECURITY ISSUE OF OUR TIME: THE MASS MIGRATION OF REFUGEES

The United Nations has reported that 51 million people have been forcibly displaced from their homes due to civil war and transnational violence. The places most impacted by the influx of non-indigenous people are also those with regressive political institutions and insufficient local infrastructure to help mitigate the problems incurred by shifts in population flow. […]