Middle East

The Incompatibility of COIN Warfare and Nation-Building in Iraq and Afghanistan

The Incompatibility of COIN Warfare and Nation-Building in Iraq and Afghanistan

The disjuncture between kinetic elements of American COIN doctrine and the nation-building mission inherent to ‘new’ conflicts lies at the root of ongoing difficulties.

Coalition ‘Victory’ in Iraq as a Result of the ‘Surge’ and ‘Anbar Awakening’

Coalition ‘Victory’ in Iraq as a Result of the ‘Surge’ and ‘Anbar Awakening’

The synergistic interaction between the ‘Anbar Awakening’ of 2006 and the surge of 2007 paved the way for U.S. withdrawal at the expense of a long term, stable, Iraq.

Recontextualising the ‘War on Terror’: Discursive Practices from Bush to Obama

Recontextualising the ‘War on Terror’: Discursive Practices from Bush to Obama

The strategies employed by the Bush administration after 9/11 to manufacture public consent for action have since been recontextualised towards Iran by Barack Obama.

Is the Current Political Turmoil of the ‘Information Age’ Revolutionary?

Is the Current Political Turmoil of the ‘Information Age’ Revolutionary?

The ‘Information Age’ has brought undeniable and unprecedented changes to the ways insurgencies and social movements organize themselves.

Explaining the Case for Invading Iraq from a Neo-conservative Perspective

Explaining the Case for Invading Iraq from a Neo-conservative Perspective

The Bush administration’s invasion of Iraq was a story of neo-conservative ideas (militarism, morality, and democracy) about the role of America in the world.

Fuel to the Fire: Why a Nuclear Iran Will Further Destabilize the Middle East

Fuel to the Fire: Why a Nuclear Iran Will Further Destabilize the Middle East

Four grave risks for regional stability lurk in the wake of a nuclear Iran: regional proliferation, an ‘imbalance of terror’, an emboldened Iran, and Israel’s response.

Orientalism, Palestinian Nationalism, and Israeli Repression

Orientalism, Palestinian Nationalism, and Israeli Repression

The success of Palestinian nationalism in the context of the peace process is complicated by the variations in Orientalism which occur between different forms of Zionism.

The Impact of ‘Globalisation’ on the Arab Revolts

The Impact of ‘Globalisation’ on the Arab Revolts

Globalisation not only exacerbated the structural conditions that elicited the Arab revolt, but allowed for local and global actors to shape the form of this resistance.

Iran 1978-1979: Reflections on Intelligence Failure

Iran 1978-1979: Reflections on Intelligence Failure

The failure of the US intelligence community to predict the Islamic Revolution in Iran offers lessons that remain relevant today in the aftermath of the ‘Arab Spring’.

A Tale of Two Partitions: The First Indo-Pakistani War and the Palestine War

A Tale of Two Partitions: The First Indo-Pakistani War and the Palestine War

The potentiality of statehood provided by partition filled the nation building fervor of Hindus, Muslims, Arabs, and Jews.

The 1967 and 1973 Arab-Israeli Wars: Causes of Triumphs and Failures

The 1967 and 1973 Arab-Israeli Wars: Causes of Triumphs and Failures

The different outcomes of the two wars was due to a combination of preparedness, initiative, superpower involvement, military capabilities, and intelligence failures.

The Effectiveness of Soft & Hard Power in Contemporary International Relations

The Effectiveness of Soft & Hard Power in Contemporary International Relations

‘Hard’ & ‘soft’ power are competing approaches to power in IR. Soft power is increasingly effective & hard power less so; ‘smart power’ offers a promising third strategy.