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Policy Analysis World Politics & Affairs

Kurdistan: A History of the Middle-East’s Largest Quasi-State

Who are the Kurds? In the Middle East, scattered amongst Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran, lives the fourth-largest ethnic group in the region: the Kurds. Inhabiting the mountainous regions along the borders corresponding roughly to the Zagros and Taurus ranges, they are united by race, culture and language, but despite their strong ethnic character and […]

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World Politics & Affairs

Iranians Demand Change in Large Displays of Protest and Activism

Iran was struck by waves of anti-government and pro-government rallies during a period spanning the end of December 2017 and the beginning of January 2018. The anti-government demonstrators were drawn to action as a result of the rising prices of basic goods (specifically eggs and poultry), alleged corruption, lack of personal freedom and the country’s […]

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World Politics & Affairs

Changing Our Approach to Defeating Terrorism

The phrase “radical Islamic terrorism” is but one of the many erroneous usages of the word “radical.” In fact, the misnomer of acts of terror as “radically Islamic,” besides being a dog whistle characterizing Islam has fundamentally destructive in its essence, also contributes to the degradation of the principal meaning of “radical.” While disagreements on […]

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Opinion World Politics & Affairs

Opinion: Syria’s Future

“What is certain is that everyone’s first goal in Syria is currently ISIS.”

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World Politics & Affairs

From Panama to Iqama: Justice Still Not Served in Pakistan

Nawaz Sharif, the disqualified three-termed prime minister of Pakistan, landed into dilemma when the Panama papers came out in May 2016. That when Pakistan started discovering about Sharif’s ‘sharif’ traits. (sharif; Urdu for honorable and noble) Pakistan, the sixth most inhabited country, with a third world status came to know more about Panama papers. Pakistanis turned […]

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News & Politics Opinion World Politics & Affairs

Opinion: Israeli Control Measures at Al-Aqsa

The adoption of new control measures by the Israeli government under the guise of national security at the mosque of Al-Aqsa came as a shock for thousands of Palestinians that were present for their customary noon prayers. At the same time, protests leading to conflict between Palestinians and Israeli armed forces quickly emerged and the […]

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World Politics & Affairs

Mohammed bin Salman’s Rise to Power & US-Saudi Relations

Early morning on June 21st, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman was moved to the position of Crown Prince with a royal decree at the expense of his cousin Mohammad bin Nayef. It means he will inherit his father’s throne after King Salman’s death. To some, it may come as a surprise, but Mohammad bin […]

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World Politics & Affairs

ISIS Threatens Eurasian Geopolitical Security

The threats of terrorism over Southeast Asia has never been new to the region, but with such groups like ISIS, this is another question to answer over what is going on in the region. In fact, the rise of ISIS in Southeast Asia seriously threatens the security of all regions in the area. The Region’s […]

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World Politics & Affairs

Analysis: Terrorist attacks in Tehran

Yesterday, 10 am IRST, 6 terrorist attackers had mounted simultaneous gun and suicide bomb assaults on Iran’s parliament building and the tomb of the republic’s revolutionary founder. Killing 17 people so far. Terrorist attacks are extremely rare in Iran and people are not used to it. Last year, in the Ramadan month, police forces reported […]

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World Politics & Affairs

The Qatari Diplomatic Crisis Explained

On June 4th, Saudi Arabia cut its diplomatic relations with Qatar. Later, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and a number of other countries joined the effort as well. This was quickly extended to a cut of all ties – including economic relations and airline flights. This crisis is just the latest event in the long […]