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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Doomed to Hope: A Professor’s Journey from Damascus to Vanderbilt

Doomed to Hope: A Professor’s Journey from Damascus to Vanderbilt

By Karim Oliver and Charlotte Mellgard This is the first installment of a series on Syrian refugees in Nashville. Professor Issam Eido taught his last class at the University of Damascus in December of 2011. It was the first year of the Syrian revolution. As he completed his final lecture,...

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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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The Syrian Crisis: In Search of a New Home

The Syrian Crisis: In Search of a New Home

In the midst of violence and poverty, Syrian refugees have recently come to represent the largest refugee population in the world. Syria is overrun with disorder as they go into the fifth year of their civil war. Each day neighborhoods are bombed, killing innocent civilians and leaving massive numbers of...

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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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The Tragic Reality of the Syria Deal

The Tragic Reality of the Syria Deal

In what began as an ad lib comment by John Kerry — that Assad surrender his chemical weapons to the international community, or else! — and culminated in a Russian-brokered deal to do just that, Syria has now agreed to join the UN Convention on Chemical Weapons, an international treaty...

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