Aliye Volkan

About Aliye Volkan

Aliye has been a part of the OWP since early 2020. She studied International Studies at University of Washington where her studies focused on Middle East.

Did Trump Know About Russia And Taliban? What Does That Mean For The Peace Deal?

On June 26th, the New York Times published a report saying U.S. Intelligence and Special Operations forces in Afghanistan alerted the administration in January on the Russian plot to pay bounties on American soldiers. However, the White House and the Director of National Intelligence denied allegations of being informed of […]

Terrorist Attack on the Hospital in Kabul Shattered Already Fragile ‘Peace Talks’ with Taliban

On May 12, gunmen disguised as police raided the maternity ward of a Doctors Without Borders medical clinic located in Kabul, Afghanistan. Officials announced that 24 people – including infants – were killed and more than 20 were injured in the attack. This attack was neither surprising nor new to […]

Protests Pressure U.S. To Reopen Its Economy And End Lockdown

Despite the advised precautions such as social distancing and wearing protective masks and gloves, many Americans gathered to protest. In more than 17 states, residents gathered and rallied to the government’s decision to close the country’s economy and the lockdown. According to the Labor Department, the closure of businesses (due […]

Spain Eases COVID-19 Restrictions

On 12 April, Spain decided to ease the lockdown enforced on 27 March. As COVID-19’s spread slowed down and the number of daily deaths started to decrease, the Spanish government decided to allow construction and manufacturing businesses to reopen. The Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced the continuation of the state […]

U.S. Designates Russian White Supremacist Group As Terrorist Organization 1

On April 6, the United States has designated a supremacist group the Russian Imperial Movement (RIM), as a global terrorist organization and the group’s leaders — Stanislav Anatolyevich Vorobyev, Denis Valliullovich Gariev, and Nikolay Nikolayevich Trushchalov — as global terrorists. With the designation, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets […]

Rouhani Calls On U.S. To Lift Sanctions

On Sunday, March 23rd, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called American leaders to lift sanctions in order to prove their sincerity in helping Iran cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. Rouhani said in a televised speech directed at American leaders, “You have blocked Iran’s oil exports, you have stopped Iran’s banking transactions… […]