Category Middle East

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. […]

Vali Nasr’s The Shia Revival: The Must Read Book for Anyone Who Wants to Understand the Development of a Post-Arab Spring Order

Vali Nasr is a respected author on Middle Eastern affairs and has written numerous books on topics such as the history of Shia Islam, American foreign policy, and Islamic political institutions. He currently stands as Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and is a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. The […]

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Our journey into the 21st Century has been marked by events such as terrorism, financial meltdown, and war. Amidst all this turmoil, traditional power structures are being challenged by the onslaught of violence taking place across the globe.  The United States is in the beginning stage of a major shift in its ability to assert […]