Middle East

The Syrian Uprising and Social Movements Theory

The Syrian Uprising and Social Movements Theory

Syria’s strong patrimonial military has no incentives to break with the regime. Until such incentives exist, the uprisings will probably fail.

Contemporary Boundaries in the Middle East

Contemporary Boundaries in the Middle East

To ignore the internal dynamics that determined the political boundaries of the Middle East is to overlook the region’s power to shape policy.

Can a Nuclear Iran be Considered a Threat to Regional and Global Security?

Can a Nuclear Iran be Considered a Threat to Regional and Global Security?

A nuclear and emboldened Iran engaging in small conflicts presents an acute threat to security because the threat of inadvertent escalation is so dangerous.

Have International Interventions Reinforced Ethnic Identities and Divisions?

Have International Interventions Reinforced Ethnic Identities and Divisions?

Often, though not always, the intervening state strengthens ethnic identities, thereby exacerbating ethnic divisions, in its quest to further its own interests.

Do Drone Strike Assassinations Render Conceptions of ‘Just War’ Redundant?

Do Drone Strike Assassinations Render Conceptions of ‘Just War’ Redundant?

War on Terror drone policies problematise classic Just War (JW) approaches. However, JW-inspired international law has the ability to ensure accountability.

Yemen’s Water Scarcity as a Threat to National Security

Yemen’s Water Scarcity as a Threat to National Security

Within the past couple decades, the discourse surrounding water scarcity in Yemen has shifted; this scarcity is now seen as a contributing threat to national security.

The Permissive Promise

The Permissive Promise

International law seeks to codify the international playing field. However, it is an essentially elastic & permissive system reflecting real-world power distributions.

Sanctioning Iran: What is the U.S. Trying to Accomplish?

Sanctioning Iran: What is the U.S. Trying to Accomplish?

The U.S. missed a chance to come to a peaceful resolution when Iran’s last reformist leader was in office. It needs to finish the job by working out a long term agreement

The Impact of Islamic Politics on the 2003 Iraq War

The Impact of Islamic Politics on the 2003 Iraq War

By sponsoring the mujahidin, the US and Pakistan empowered an ideology and movement that encouraged tensions within the Muslim political communities of the Persian Gulf.

Pre-Emption and Israeli Decision-Making in 1967 and 1973

Pre-Emption and Israeli Decision-Making in 1967 and 1973

Israel felt vulnerable in 1967, but in 1973 Israeli leaders decided against pre-emption, due to overwhelming military self-confidence and new-found strategic depth.

The Fracturing of the Syrian Resistance Coalition and the Tripolar Civil War

The Fracturing of the Syrian Resistance Coalition and the Tripolar Civil War

The transformation of the Syrian Civil War from a bipolar to a tripolar conflict came from incompatible visions of Syria’s future within the Syrian Resistance Coalition.

The Arts as Healing Power in Transitional Justice

The Arts as Healing Power in Transitional Justice

The arts may hold healing power in transitioning societies, as they provide a means for survivors of atrocities to deal with the past and tell their stories in a creative way.