Imogen Runswick-Cole

Turkish Forces Prepare To Back Anti-Assad Rebels In Idlib

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has announced that Turkish forces are prepping to enter the Idlib province in support of the rebel forces- those opposing both the Syrian regime and the Jihadi forces. Backed by the Turkish forces, the Syrian rebels are preparing to launch a major military operation in the […]

The Kurdish Referendum: Fears Grow Over A ‘Destabilizing Impact’

Iraq’s Kurdish leader, Masoud Barzani, plans to take the Kurds to a landmark referendum. Despite the overwhelming international opposition to this plan, Barzani believes this referendum will bring the Kurds to independence. Kurdish nationalist movements have advocated for independence since the Orroman Empire broke down, giving birth to the modern […]

Trudeau’s Delay In Accepting Syrian Refugees

Despite the promise being a central part of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s campaign and part of the image he himself has chosen to create for Canada – a safe haven for those refugees facing the the threat of deportation in the United States – Trudeau’s plan to accept refugees freely […]

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 […]

A Call For Neutrality In UN’s Syrian Peace Talks

In an open letter to Staffan de Mistura, the UN’s Syrian Special Envoy, a coalition of 160 Syrian civil society groups have voiced concerns that their peace talks are failing due to external influence from foreign nations. The letter reveals a deep-seated frustration with the UN’s peace processes as several […]

Life After War: Changing Perceptions Of Post-Conflict Rehabilitation

War-torn societies tend to consume our attention during and immediately after any large scale conflict. Emergency aid and immediate rehabilitation of the community draws international funding and support. The less glamorous reality, one seen far less on camera, is that of post-conflict rehabilitation. Post-conflict rehabilitation concerns stabilization, reconstruction and peace […]