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The End of ISIS is in Sight. What is Next?

The End of ISIS is in Sight. What is Next?

Given that the last strongholds for ISIS (known as Daesh in the region) in Raqaa, Syria and Mosul, Iraq have fallen, it is likely the group in its current territory-based form will gone by the end of 2017.  Only weeks ago, Daesh was allowed to leave central Syria before the ...

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Straight Talk On Somalia Insecurity

Straight Talk On Somalia Insecurity

There is a broad-based consensus that security in Somalia has been deteriorating at an alarming rate. In the past few weeks, hundreds of people have been killed by truck bombs at two prominent locations in Mogadishu. The lethal potency of the explosives and the scale of death ...

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The Next Chapter to Endless Conflict

The Next Chapter to Endless Conflict

The Economist published a piece this week on the actions by Iraqi forces against Kurdish interests in the Kurdish region of Iraq after a referendum for independence from Iraq took place recently. With dwindling ISIS control of territory in Iraq and Syria, the interests of those who have allied ...

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Algeria’s Battle Against Terror

Algeria’s Battle Against Terror

Since the 1990's Islamist groups have emerged in Algeria, but over the years their allegiances and identities have shifted according to geopolitical trends.

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Painting Targets in the Syrian Conflict

Painting Targets in the Syrian Conflict

This week conflict between the United States and its allies in Syria against the Syrian regime, Russia, and Iran heated up.

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The Future of the ‘Islamic NATO’

The Future of the ‘Islamic NATO’

In 2015, Saudi Arabia announced the formation of the Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism. Will the alliance succeed in pooling its defense efforts?

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Middle Eastern Dissidents: Iranian Regime Responsible for Twin Attacks

Middle Eastern Dissidents: Iranian Regime Responsible for Twin Attacks

Following the terror attacks in Iran that killed at least 16 people, some Middle Eastern dissidents believe what happened was an inside job perpetrated by the Iranian regime.

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Yezidi Leader: “The World Ignores the Plight of our People on Mount Sinjar”

Yezidi Leader: “The World Ignores the Plight of our People on Mount Sinjar”

Yezidi leader Mirza Ismail describes how the situation is extremely dire for women and children on Mount Sinjar while the international community and media outlets ignore it.

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Syrian Kurdish dissident: “Beware of the Saudis and Turks”

Syrian Kurdish dissident: “Beware of the Saudis and Turks”

Sherkoh Abbas, head of the Kurdistan National Assembly of Syria, warns of the dangers posed by Saudi Arabia and Turkey and argues in favor of Kurds as better allies for Americans.

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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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Turkey’s Syrian Blowback

Turkey’s Syrian Blowback

The current Turkish struggle with IS is a complete reversal from the early years of the Syrian civil war, when Turkey supported opposition against Assad.

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Despite a Neighborhood on Fire, Jordan Remains Stable

Despite a Neighborhood on Fire, Jordan Remains Stable

As the media focuses on the many crises in the Middle East, Jordan’s capacity to endure the instability next door is noteworthy.

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Mad Dog Mattis on China

Mad Dog Mattis on China

Many are wondering how the nomination of General James “Mad Dog” Mattis as the new Secretary of Defense will influence future U.S.-China relations.

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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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