Important events in Iraq and Yemen are largely being ignored

Important events in Iraq and Yemen are largely being ignored

In the days leading up to the election it seems that all news coverage is focusing on Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Unfortunately, the spectacle of this election has overshadowed events in the Middle East that are shaping the region as well as the United States’ role in it.  ...

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Technology in Political Affairs: Interview with Jared Cohen, Director of Google Ideas

Technology in Political Affairs: Interview with Jared Cohen, Director of Google Ideas

In the wake of ISIS’ recent attacks in Paris, terror threats in Belgium, the subsequent online battle between ISIS and the hacker group Anonymous, and stories coming out about ISIS’ unrivaled online recruiting capacity, Jared Cohen’s address at Vanderbilt University last month seems prophetic. In this interview, the Vanderbilt Political...

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Paris, Beirut, and How We Can Unite to Combat ISIS

Paris, Beirut, and How We Can Unite to Combat ISIS

As I stare at my Facebook newsfeed, scrolling through the numerous posts mourning the tragic attacks of Paris, I cannot help but wonder when is enough going to be enough? I remember thinking to myself, after the Charlie Hebdo attacks, that France would begin to strongly combat ISIS. In ways...

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Breakdown of the Syrian Civil War: How Did It Start and What Does It Mean for the United States?

The beginning of the Syrian conflict is most commonly cited as March 2011 in the southern city of Deraa. Following the arrest and subsequent torture of 15 children for drawing anti-government propaganda, the citizens of Deraa began to protest the Assad regime, resulting in Syrian security forces opening fire on...

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Spring and Deluge: How popular uprisings in the Middle East exacerbated the migrant crisis

“We mustn’t be afraid of this ‘Arab spring’… sparks tremendous hope.” These were the words of Alain Juppé, former French Prime Minister and later Minister of Foreign and European Affairs. Juppé was the closing speaker for an “Arab Spring” symposium at the Arab World Institute in 2011, in which...

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Obama is Wrong: ISIL is Muslim

Obama is Wrong: ISIL is Muslim

Our overly politically-correct environment has made criticizing religion taboo.  People react to a religious critique as if it were racism–as if saying “Christianity has a lot of flaws” were akin to saying “black people have a lot of flaws.”  But it is not at all the same.  Religion is a choice.  It is...

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The President’s Discomfort Zone

The President’s Discomfort Zone

The War on Terror just doesn’t end. With ISIS grabbing recent media headlines as the face of global terrorism, President Obama has done exactly what every military advisor told him not to do: engaged ISIS, not with the intention of containing their rapid spread, but rather with the intent to...

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Why We All Should Pay Attention to the Newest Round of Benghazi Hearings

Why We All Should Pay Attention to the Newest Round of Benghazi Hearings

On Wednesday, the House Select Committee on Benghazi convened their first hearing to collect and assess information regarding the September 11, 2012 terrorist attacks on United States compounds in Benghazi, Libya. Despite discussing a topic that has become highly politically polarized, the congressmen met with little fanfare and a businesslike...

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