Middle East


Iran’s Zarif Warns U.S. ‘Cannot Expect to Stay Safe’

On Monday, Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, issued a stern warning to the United States that the U.S. cannot expect to stay safe amidst the rising tensions between the two countries. According to Aljazeera, Zarif claimed that the United States started an economic war with Iran when Donald Trump […]


A Reason For Intervention: A Realist Understanding Of The West’s Decision To Intervene In Syria

On 13th April 2018, the United States, the United Kingdom and France co-ordinated a multilateral air strike within Syria; they successfully targeted three sites associated with Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Assad’s deadly chemical weapons program. This action was the first instance of multilateral engagement within Syria under the pretext of “establishing […]


Are They Or Aren’t They? The Contested Alignment Between A.D.F. And I.S.I.S. In Democratic Republic Of Congo

On April 18, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (I.S.I.L. or I.S.I.S.) claimed responsibility for an attack in the Democratic Republic of Congo, sparking further tension in a region burdened by years of conflict, as well as the recent outbreak of the Ebola virus. The attack occurred in […]


Rising Tensions Between the U.S. and Iran           

On Wednesday 15th May 2019, the U.S. State Department released an urgent message calling all “non-emergency” U.S. government employees to leave Iraq. U.S. citizens were advised not to travel to Iraq because of the “high risk of violence and kidnapping.” This order was given amidst rising tensions between the U.S. and […]


Will Rising US-Iran Tensions Lead To Violent Conflict?

Four commercial ships have been damaged off the coast of the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.), heightening existing regional tensions between the United States (U.S.) and Iran over Tehran’s nuclear programme. Emirati officials reported the attacks on Sunday, May 12th, and had occurred near the port of Fujairah, one of the […]


Europe Still Facing A Migrant Crisis As Dozens Die At Sea

On Friday 10 May, over 65 migrants died trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea as their boat capsized off the coast of Tunisia. In a statement, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) stressed that the deaths highlighted the ongoing surge of migrant deaths at sea, amounting to nearly 900 people in […]


Rising Tensions Between United States Iran Sees Increased U.S. Military Presence in the Region

In the face of rising tension between the United States and Iran, the Trump Administration has approved further military deployment in the Middle East. In Iran, the moderate president Hassan Rouhani has made appeals for unity, while hardliners have increased their inflammatory attacks on the United States. The United States […]