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A Short Examination of the Causes of the 1992 Algerian Civil War

People try to identify relatives after a massacre at Rais in the Sidi Moussa region of Algeria on Aug. 29, 1997. (AP) The Algerian civil war, commonly referred to as “the dirty war” (la sale guerre), […]

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Understanding US-Pakistan Relations: Interview with Ambassador Husain ...

Husain Haqqani is former Ambassador of Pakistan to the United States (2008–2011). He is currently Senior Fellow and Director for South and Central Asia at the Hudson Institute and co-edits the journal ‘Current Trends in Islamist Ideology’ […]

The Myth of Microfinance

The myth of microfinance is powerful. The idea that providing small loans to people in poverty will alleviate their conditions both satisfies our longing to be more altruistic and appeals directly to our belief in “old-fashioned […]

Constructing a Bogeyman: Osama bin Laden as a Totem for Global Muslim ...

Since 9/11, the War on Terror has created no greater cult of personality than that surrounding Osama bin Laden. The late Saudi has become part political icon, part terrorist extraordinaire, and part myth in the folkloric […]

Dehumanization: How the Most Needy Bear the Ignorance of the Powerful ...

This comment is a continuation of the YIRA Winter 2016 International Trip Group’s Istanbul, Ankara, and Izmir, Turkey Trip Summary. “The terrorists, they took her… my wife, the love of my life. You know, she’s a simple […]

What the Ocean Swallowed

This comment is a continuation of the YIRA Winter 2016 International Trip Group’s Istanbul, Ankara, and Izmir, Turkey Trip Summary. The ocean has always been one of my biggest fears. Its depth unfathomable, its breadth unparalleled, with […]

Political and Economic Sustainability of Turkey’s Refugee Response

This comment is a continuation of the YIRA Winter 2016 International Trip Group’s Istanbul, Ankara, and Izmir, Turkey Trip Summary. In 2015, as a response to the Syrian refugee crisis, the Obama administration resolved to increase the […]

Why the Open Doors? How Turkey May Benefit from Accepting Syrian Refug ...

This comment is a continuation of the YIRA Winter 2016 International Trip Group’s Istanbul, Ankara, and Izmir, Turkey Trip Summary. Reports have been emerging in recent weeks of thousands of Syrians waiting at the Turkish border, a […]

Turkey and the European Union Concerning the Syrian Refugee Crisis

This comment is a continuation of the YIRA Winter 2016 International Trip Group’s Istanbul, Ankara, and Izmir, Turkey Trip Summary. Background: The European Union has the original purpose of creating stability on the European continent. Historically this […]

Syrian Refugees in Turkey: The Human Reality

This comment is a continuation of the YIRA Winter 2016 International Trip Group’s Istanbul, Ankara, and Izmir, Turkey Trip Summary. Eight days into the Turkey research trip that ten Yalies and I were on, I found myself […]

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