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Partition Remains An Option Even After Aleppo

Partition Remains An Option Even After Aleppo

Neither a Putin-Assad hegemony nor an inclusive transitional government of a united Syria are solutions after Aleppo. Partition is the solution.

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The ‘Shia Crescent’ and Middle East Geopolitics

The ‘Shia Crescent’ and Middle East Geopolitics

Saudi Arabia and Iran project influence using their interpretations of Islam and the politicization of sectarian identities as instruments of foreign policy.

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The Day after ISIS in Iraq

The Day after ISIS in Iraq

It is crucial to plan beyond the short-term military strategy and work to create a new environment in which ISIS or its successor cannot re-emerge.

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The Fog of Politics and Denied Justice

The Fog of Politics and Denied Justice

Establishing the facts in an objective review could possibly achieve some form of justice for victims of war crimes and genocide.

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The Normalization of Policies that Ignore Genocide

The Normalization of Policies that Ignore Genocide

2017 will either be the year in which governments decide to stop genocide in the Middle East or allow these atrocities to be normalized.

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Sunni-Shia, or Saudi-Iran Discord?

Sunni-Shia, or Saudi-Iran Discord?

Toxic polemics disseminated mainly by those loyal to Saudi Arabia and Iran made a full-blown Sunni-Shia civil war across the Muslim world a matter of time.

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Nadia Murad, Genocide and the Post U.S. Election

Nadia Murad, Genocide and the Post U.S. Election

Although NGOs have pushed to help Yazidis, it has been extremely difficult to get governments to even acknowledge the ongoing atrocities.

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Middle East Christians and the 2016 U.S. Elections

Middle East Christians and the 2016 U.S. Elections

The new U.S. president will have to address the issue of religious minorities in the Middle East, from humanitarian and geostrategic perspectives.

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An Independent Kurdistan under U.S. Protection?

An Independent Kurdistan under U.S. Protection?

An independent Kurdistan under U.S. protection would unite Iraqi and Syrian Kurdistan as well as minority areas of Assyrians, Turkomans, Yezidi and others.

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The End of Extremism and the New Cold War

The End of Extremism and the New Cold War

Victory over the Islamic State in Mosul and Raqqa will bring about the demise of ISIS but fail to foster an end to the tensions and conflict in the region.

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Is Obama’s Syria Policy Defensible?

Is Obama’s Syria Policy Defensible?

Has Obama has been taking the “least bad” course on Syria? Reflecting on the last two decades of U.S. foreign policy interventions, the answer is yes.

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Social Media Now on Conflicts’ Front Lines

Social Media Now on Conflicts’ Front Lines

Social media is now on the front lines of many international conflicts with clicks and ‘follows’ being the new version of voting with your feet.

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At the Brink of Extinction, They are Asking for America’s Help

At the Brink of Extinction, They are Asking for America’s Help

It is not unreasonable to think that all minorities will be wiped out of the Middle East very soon, simply because of our lack of interest.

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Turkish and Egyptian Occupation in Iraq and Syria

Turkish and Egyptian Occupation in Iraq and Syria

After the defeat of ISIS, temporary Turkish and Egyptian occupation zones should be imposed in Sunni provinces of Iraq and Syria prior to partition.

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The Strategy Behind Single-Assailant Terrorist Attacks

The Strategy Behind Single-Assailant Terrorist Attacks

The recent surge of “lone-wolf” operations, is part of ISIS’ strategy to create a climate of insecurity and portray itself as wide-reaching.

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