Middle East

The Forgotten Ones: What Should We Be Doing For Child Soldiers After Extraction?

War, armed conflict, and organised violence disrupt the lives of numerous social groups within the given conflict environment. During a war or conflict, social order can fall into disrepair, and as a result, children are often subjected to not only witnessing but taking part in the conflict. Julia Dickinson-Gomez mentioned […]

Japan’s Pacifist Constitution Is Under Threat

Article 9 of the Japanese constitution states the “Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes”. This was a ground-breaking constitution, unique in history, and written in response to the atrocities committed by […]

The Hot War: What Does The Conflict Between Iran And The U.S. Mean For International Relations?

Less than five years after former U.S. President Barack Obama declared that “Every pathway to a nuclear weapon [in Iran] is cut off,” Iran’s path to nuclear weapons is being paved again. In turn, the bridges built between Europe and Iran – on the back of the Joint Comprehensive Protective […]

Iran Admits To Shooting Down Airplane Killing 176 People

Iran has admitted to shooting down a Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 carrying 176 people near Tehran this week. The attack took place amid the escalating tensions between Iran and the United States that took both countries to the brink of war. The plane crashed just hours after the Islamic […]

Iran – The Hot War

The recent actions of American president Donald Trump have left the relations between the U.S. and Iran in turmoil. Their relationship hit its breaking point after the successful American-led assassination of  Iranian Military Commander Qassem Soleimani. This resulted from the inflated state of tension between the two nations. This can […]

Capitalism Goes To War: The Rise of PMC’s

The Atlantic reports that for every 1 US soldier deployed in the Middle East, there are 3 Private Military Contractors working for Private Military Companies (PMC’s) A.K.A mercenaries. This ought to come as a shock. The Atlantic also reported that “Today, America can no longer go to war without the […]

How Different Legislative Approaches Impact Sex-Workers

Prostitution is a stigmatized societal issue from which contentious debate has always flowed. The lack of consistency in international approaches to prostitution speaks to its controversial nature. The practice is associated with the transmission of sexual diseases, human trafficking, and a variety of criminal activity. Globally, there are over 42 […]

Volatile U.S.-Iran Relations Spark Fears Of Tumultuous Oil Prices

Historically, global oil prices have been connected to conflict in the Middle East, with open access to the Strait of Hormuz as a key determinant. The Strait is a body of water connecting the Persian Gulf with the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Sea, serving as the only passage […]

The Fallout From The Qassem Soleimani Assassination

On 3 January 2020, the head of Iran’s military, Qassem Soleimani, was assassinated by a United States drone strike. Soleimani was a prominent figure among the Islamic Republic, with tens of thousands taking to the streets to mourn his death. Soleimani was targeted for alleged plots he had planned toward […]

Contentious Implications Of U.S.-Iran Tensions In The Middle East

The striking tension between the U.S. and Iran appears to have abated, with both rivals seemingly withdrawing from the brick of conflict and war, but friction still remains intense. Thus, the confrontation between the two states is far from over. According to U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday, “Iran appears […]