Brett Smiley


European Union Imposes Sanctions On Iran

The European Union has enacted sanctions of two Iranian officials and a unit within the Iranian Intelligence Ministry following assassinations in the Netherlands and attempted attacks in Denmark and France. The sanctions have placed the intelligence unit and the individuals on the EU terrorism list in addition to freezing their […]


How An Independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church Could Have Geopolitical Ramifications 1

In October, Eastern Orthodox Church leader Patriarch Bartholomew I declared the Ukrainian Church’s independence from the Russian Orthodox Church. The Istanbul-based leader, considered “first amongst equals,” granted the Ukrainian Church a “Tomos of Autocephaly,” which allows the Ukrainian Church full independence. This has resulted in the largest schism in the […]