Putin And Lebanon PM Discuss Deepening Military Ties

During a meeting held this week in the Russian city of Sochi, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri discussed many agreements that expand and deepen relations between the two countries. Ahead of the meeting, Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency reported that Putin said signed agreements between […]

Casualties From Cluster Munitions More Than Doubled in 2016

Casualties from cluster munitions more than doubled in 2016 compared with the previous year, according to a new report released by the Cluster Munition Coalition. The group, which monitors the global use of outlawed cluster munitions, revealed in its 2017 annual report that nearly a thousand people were killed or […]

Military Exercises Along The Lebanese Border: Is This The Prelude To A New Conflict In The Middle East?

Several branches of the Israeli military have gathered along the Lebanese border to participate in the largest military exercises in decades, leading to fears of renewed conflict with the Lebanese-based militant group, Hezbollah. These actions represent only one aspect of the wider Israeli-Iranian proxy war, with both nations vying for […]

The EU’s Top Court Dismisses Member States’ Challenge Against Refugee Relocation Agreement

The European Court of the Justice (ECJ), the European Union’s top court, dismissed a legal challenge from Hungary and Slovakia against an EU-wide agreement to accept and relocate asylum-seeking refugees.  The announcement came on Wednesday, after much anticipation that the courts would overwhelmingly rule against the two countries’ attempts.  Although […]

As The Three Year Siege Of Deir Ezzor Ends, Aid Convoys Reach The City

This week, Syrian Army forces, supported by Russian airstrikes and long range artillery, have disrupted the Islamic State (ISIL) siege of Deir Ezzor, the capital of Syria’s eastern province of the same name. After over a month of preparation and confrontation around the outskirts, troops closed in on the city […]

Internally Displaced Persons: The Forgotten Refugee Crisis

While concerns about the “Global Refugee Crisis” are on the rise and nations are fiercely debating immigration policies and potential border closures, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) remain the forgotten majority of displaced people worldwide. According to the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), there were 40.3 million internally-displaced people by the end […]