Imperilled Iran Nuclear Deal

As the war of words continues to escalate in the Middle East between rival global and regional powers, the simmering tensions between the U.S., its staunchest allies Israel and Saudi Arabia, and Iran, which has grown to be increasingly influential and prestigious as a trustworthy power broker in the Middle […]

Iraqi Forces Advance Towards Tal Afar, ISIS’ Last Urban Stronghold

Just after a month since Mosul was retaken from ISIS’ control, Iraqi forces have pushed forward to the outskirts of the North-Western city of Tal Afar. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced in a televised speech addressing the push that ISIS would ‘either surrender or die.’  ISIS have had control of […]

The Battle Of Mosul Ends: Iraq Victorious

After three years of being held hostage as ISIS’s largest city conquest, Mosul has finally been liberated. The Iraqi forces rejoiced as they planted their national flag after nine months of brutal on-ground fighting and airstrikes. In July 2014 Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi made his first and only public appearance as […]

Another “Marry-Your-Rapist” Law Falls, This Time In Jordan

On August 1st, the Jordanian government voted to repeal Article 308, a provision of the law that allows rapists to avoid punishment if they marry their victims and stay with them for at least three years, as long as the victim is between the ages of 15 and 18, of […]

Iraqi Army Liberates Mosul: Is The Peaceful Reconstruction Of The City Possible And What Have Been The Effects For Civilians?

With its capture of Mosul in June 2014, the so-called Islamic State rose to global prominence. Now, after the largest deployment of Iraqi troops since the 2003 invasion, the terrorist organization has lost its capital and foothold in Iraq. The battle for Mosul has been a long and bloody one, […]

Autocracy In Turkey: The Lesser Of Two Evils?

Seventeen journalists from Cumhuriyet, the last independent newspaper in Turkey, have been put on trial in Istanbul and have been accused of aiding and abetting terrorist organizations by the government. This trial follows a long period of government superstition after the attempted coup in 2016, with more than 50,000 people […]

Taking Back Mosul: When Is Collateral Damage Justified?

The degree to which collateral damage may be justified by its potential to shorten a conflict and reduce long-term suffering has been questioned throughout history. Last week, Iraq’s Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi declared victory in Mosul. It had been under the control of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria […]