Fiorina, Cruz, and The Rest of the GOP Do Not Understand the Middle East

Thursday evening brought together an ensemble of candidates in the first major Republican debate, separated into two time slots with the most popular ten featured at the main event. And while majority of the questions focused on immigration (a key 2016 election issue) and jobs, many candidates touched on their foreign policy especially in relation to the…

Yemen and Gaza: Similar Reactions

Back at the end of March, Elliott Abrams wrote an article for the Council on Foreign Relations expressing the unfair bias Israel receives in relation to its campaign in Palestine and the seemingly passive attitude towards Saudi Arabia’s shelling of Yemen. He began with an excerpt from a Washington Post article detailing Saudi Arabia’s attack on…

Now Is Crucial Time For US To Act On LGBT Community in Middle East

The Middle East is facing a number of conflicts across the board, from ISIS springing up in destabilized regions to the Gulf Cooperation Council antipathy of Iran’s regional ambitions. Caught in the crossfire are millions of civilians, exposed to violence at home or fleeing towards refugee camps and safe havens. It’s a disastrous situation for…

The Best Mediator for The Yemeni Conflict Is Not A Superpower

Currently, Yemen is witnessing a major collapse as a result of failed negotiations, militant groups, separatists, and intervention by nations with their own strategic interests. It desperately needs stability and unity between the different political groups for the sake of its peoples’ well being and the future of the nation. It is important to note…

Iran’s Nuclear Talks Are a Centerpiece in a Loud Rhetoric War

The ongoing and seemingly endless nuclear talks with Iran and the P5+1 are approaching a deadline, and the probability that a deal will be struck is still uncertain. Iran recently commented against a move to ship enriched uranium out of the country, specifically to Russia, to be diluted or disposed of. American officials are doing…

Yemen Conflict Will Be A Hit or Miss, But Not Total War

The conflict in Yemen has reached a breaking point, and pushed the “King of the Jungle,” Saudi Arabia, to take military action against Houthi rebels. The early morning of March 26th saw the initiation of Operation Decisive Storm, a campaign led by Saudi Arabia and backed by a coalition of Gulf States to restore President…

Where Is ISIS Moving, and How Far Can It Move?

It seems that ISIS is always on the move, whether in retreat or in advance, inciting violence and committing mass atrocities. The militant organization gains territory here, loses some there, wins a town, loses a village, and continues its attempts to advance on the battlefield and through social media. But where exactly is ISIS moving…

Jordan’s Executions In Response To “Islamic State” Raises Concerns

The Islamic State has come yet again into the world’s attention through brutal means. Moaz al-Kasasbeh, a Jordanian pilot who was captured by militants, was shown to have been burned alive while caged. The video included a message to the anti-Islamic State coalition to stand down or face a continuation of similar executions. Nations reacted…

Bahrain’s Revolution On Hold Due To Regional Power Struggle

The Middle East has seen a complete upheaval as a result of the Arab Spring. Syria and Libya have descended into violence, Egypt is wrestling with new governments and leaders, and Tunisia is on the path towards a new and fresh nation. There are nations like Bahrain that continue to struggle despite crackdowns and lack…

Difference Between “Islamic State” and Boko Haram

The threat of attacks from militant groups unfortunately fill the air in several regions. Growing frustrations with governments and ideologies have secured breeding grounds for some of the most ruthless organizations. The two, Boko Haram and the Islamic State, have carved out a territory for themselves and their new caliphate, displacing and killing thousands. The…