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Save Syria Out of Self-Interest


The map of “Areas of Influence” and “Areas Reportedly affected by the 21 August Chemical Attack” that was published by the White House on 30 August 2013 – via Wikimedia Commons


This past weekend marked two years since a chemical attack on the Syrian neighborhood of Ghouta overwhelmed our social media feeds with horrifying picturesof …

Blog / International Security

Who is ISIS really threatening?

ISIS Militant VOA via Wikimedia Commons


On June 10th 2014, Iraq’s second largest city Mosul, fell after merely four days in the hands of a barbaric and radical group: the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). With their cold-hearted beheading videos, the world witnessed the rise of a new evil the Middle East did …

RAF Typoon Aircraft in the Middle East
Blog / International Security

East of Suez: Redux?

RAF Typhoon aircraft in the Middle East, Ministry of Defence via Wikimedia Commons.

In April 2013, RUSI (Royal United Services Institute) released a report detailing the outcome of a busy 2012 for the coalition government in the Gulf. It reported that David Cameron had agreed to a ‘Joint Defence Partnership’ with the UAE on the …

"Sana'a after airstrike 20-4-2015 - destruction (34734594)" by Mr. Ibrahem - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons -
Blog / Middle East and North Africa

Yemen: The new Saudi Arabia/Iran battleground

Sana’a after airstrike (April 20, 2015) – destruction by Ibrahem | Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

That Saudi Arabia, a Sunni majority is at loggerheads with Iran, a Shiite majority, is not news. The resultant effect of these differences is years of hostility punctuated with conflict. The simmering undercurrents have turned into …

Blog / International Security

The Battle of Libya

Libyan Militia – E. Arrott via Wikimedia Commons


The Situation in Libya and negative international response to the political and security chaos threatens the security of the Mediterranean and Sahara and its influence extends to Syria.

Oil and gas wealth were and still are the pillars of Libya during the Qaddafi regime and the current civil …