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Turkey’s Perennial Bogeyman

Turkey’s Perennial Bogeyman

As a U.S. ally and member of NATO, Turkey has a large, well-trained, and well-funded military with more than a half-million personnel in uniform. It is also the only NATO nation that shares a border with both Iraq and Syria, where the Islamic State continues to take and hold significant territory.

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The Islamic State and Southeast Asia

The Islamic State and Southeast Asia

The threat the Islamic State (IS) poses to Western nations is very real — witness in recent weeks the thwarting of a public beheading in Sydney, the raids on terrorist cells in Melbourne, raids in The Hague and Brussels, possible threats to subways in Paris and New York, and the recent averting of a terrorist plot in London.

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The S-300 Missile Threat in Middle Eastern Conflicts

The S-300 Missile Threat in Middle Eastern Conflicts

While the U.S. and the coalition against ISIS make attacks on targets in Iraq and Syria, there remains an uneasy relationship between Assad’s government and the U.S.

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The Saudi and Emirati response to Qatar is all about domestic unrest

The Saudi and Emirati response to Qatar is all about domestic unrest

Qatar’s financial habits have been the subject of a lot of media coverage lately due to the successes of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and the setbacks the Syrian opposition actors the Gulf states were pinning their hopes on have suffered at the hands of ISIS. Kuwait, through …

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A Geopolitical Pawn Named ‘ISIS’

A Geopolitical Pawn Named ‘ISIS’

The mere mention of the name ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham) frightens Muslims and no-Muslims senseless, and there are plenty of reasons for that. But, who are they, and where does their campaign of terror lead to?

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The Continuation of a Failed Policy Analysis on Iraq and Syria

The Continuation of a Failed Policy Analysis on Iraq and Syria

The Arab Spring could certainly be seen as having moved on to a dark winter as dictatorships re-established themselves and protestors were met with little support against those governments that took the option of brutality over negotiation.

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The Cold War 2.0: Re-instating Deterrence

The Cold War 2.0: Re-instating Deterrence

After the end of the Cold War, Ukraine and the Soviet Union’s former Warsaw Pact neighbors agreed to remove some of their security apparatus in order to maintain stability in the region.

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An Effective U.S. Airpower Strategy against the Islamic State

An Effective U.S. Airpower Strategy against the Islamic State

American airpower employed against IS lines of communication can be effective at halting its momentum and supporting Iraqi forces in driving it back, but only if the Obama administration couples airstrikes with a strategy to undermine the Islamic State’s strongholds in Syria.

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VICE NEWS DOCUMENTARY: THE ISLAMIC STATE

VICE NEWS DOCUMENTARY: THE ISLAMIC STATE

 
Within a few weeks of its bloody foray into northern and central Iraq, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which was rebranded by its top management as the Islamic State (IS), has built a global reputation for unbridled savagery and ruthlessness. The group’s ongoing use of social media channels …

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GailForce: Aspen Security Forum Part II

GailForce:  Aspen Security Forum Part II

It is no use saying, ‘We are doing our best.’ You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.
Winston Churchill
I woke up in the middle of the night a couple of days ago and couldn’t get back to sleep, so I decided …

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Dr. Larry Goodson of U.S. Army War College on the Middle East

Dr. Larry Goodson of U.S. Army War College on the Middle East

This week, we spoke to Dr. Larry Goodson the Dwight D. Eisenhower Chair of National Security and Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at the Army War College. Dr. Goodson discussed the role of the U.S. in ensuring stability in the region, the performance of the U.S. military in Iraq from 2003 to present, and what the future could hold for Iraq.

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Iraq’s Oil Split

Iraq’s Oil Split

 
It is not breaking news that Iraq sits atop vast amounts of oil. The country has the fifth largest proven crude oil reserves globally with an estimated 140 billion barrels. (For comparison: Iran, fourth globally, has an estimated 150 billion barrels, and Kuwait, sixth globally, has about 104 billion barrels …

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Knowledge is Power, But A Lack of Knowledge can be Shocking

Knowledge is Power, But A Lack of Knowledge can be Shocking

 
It is interesting to see the current commentary on ISIS/ISIL in Iraq and how policymakers and the mainstream media have reported on a situation that is confusing and complicated. In reality, the suppression of the 2009 election in Iran lead to a violent response to protestors in Syria, leading to …

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The ISIS Story

The ISIS Story

Known today at the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, ISIS has gone through many reorganizations and name changes in the course of the past dozen years, but it has kept essentially the same goals. Although sometimes referred to as a branch of al Qaida, it is better described as …

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Iraq returns – Failure of American foreign policy under Obama?

Iraq returns – Failure of American foreign policy under Obama?

Will Iraq haunt Obama’ second mandate? Obama’s approval rating in foreign policy continues to slide down amid of an eventual military intervention – through airstrikes – in Iraq. According to a recent poll …

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