Author: Julian Rizk

Peer-To-Peer Tactics In The 21st Century

Horrific scenes of the bloody conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia have recently made the rounds on social media. Strategic analysts around the world have made note of Azerbaijan’s employment of suicide drones, or “loitering munitions.” I’ve read articles detailing tragic and unacceptable losses on the Armenian side to these cheap

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Creating Villains: How Bias Undercuts Anti-War Research

Last Monday, the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University published a report on refugees from American military operations entitled “Creating Refugees: Displacement Caused by the United States’ Post-9/11 Wars.” The Watson Institute used various sources to determine how many of the refugees involved in conflicts in

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Naval Conflict On The Horizon In South China Sea

Last week, mobile launchers in China fired four newly developed anti-ship missiles into the disputed waters of the South China Sea. This is the latest in a series of aggressive posturing from China designed to signal to the world that China should be seen as undisputed regional hegemon – a

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Senator Cotton, Put Your Phone Down!

On Monday, Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton tweeted, “lets see how tough these Antifa terrorists are when they’re facing off with the 101st Airborne Division,” and “No quarter for insurrectionists, anarchists rioters, and looters.” No quarter means no living quarters; as in, no arrests or detentions; as in, kill them all.

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“A Chance At Peace”: UNOPS Highlights Success In Central African Republic

Over 10,000 people across the Central African Republic have received services through a UN-led community violence reduction program. Offered services include vocational training, civics classes, and commercial education. A UN press release today included interviews with several recipients of the program’s services. Sylvie, who survived as a member of an

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Afghanistan Sinks Deeper Into Political Turmoil

2020 has been a busy year in Afghanistan with multiple high-level meetings between the Taliban, ANSF (Afghan National Security Forces) and the United States. Last Friday, General Austin “Scott” Miller met with Taliban spokesmen, wearing a wide grin and a traditional kufi. Despite appearances, tensions are high between the negotiating

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Facebook Sued In Australia Over Cambridge Analytica Scandal

We don’t bat an eye when, after having a conversation about jogging within earshot of a phone, the next time we open Google, all of the ads are tailored to jogging. Yes, we mention how creepy it is that the software is always listening, but we don’t get upset the way people have with Cambridge Analytica- and Google doesn’t get sued for selling that data to Nike, the way Facebook has for selling it to Cambridge Analytica.

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Secretary-General Reiterates Appeal for Global Ceasefire

In a public statement by Secretary-General of the UN, António Guterres, on March 23rd, states and non-state actors around the world were called upon to lay down their arms in the face of the growing SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Before a sombre international press conference, he declared, “The virus does not care

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Tough Times For The House Of Saud

Recent power plays by Saudi Arabia hint at ambitions for the whole region, and foretell painful conflict ahead. Why We Fight Most people alive today have lived their lives in a unipolar world: that is, a world dominated by one power – the United States. It was the United States

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Chinese Uyghurs Moved Into Factory Forced Labor For Foreign Brands

Last Saturday, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute released a report that has since received international attention and concern. Titled Uyghurs For Sale, the report details three case studies of different factories or companies in China which have become increasingly reliant on extremely oppressive labor conditions for growth. China, for its

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Guterres Calls For ‘Massive International Support’ For Sudan

Last Sunday, at the 33rd African Union summit in Addis Abba, Ethiopia, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres outlined goals and obstacles for the continent in achieving the AU’s Agenda 2063 and the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Paramount in those efforts is the Silencing the Guns initiative, the primary

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