Saudi Arabia and Oil Depletion

Image Caption: As Saudi Arabia’s production and export of oil slows down, the nation will have to undergo a number of significant changes as it adjusts. Saudi Arabia is the main global exporter of crude oil, […]

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Caught between Baghdad and Erbil: The Political Struggle of Iraqi Turk ...

Image Caption: A man in traditional Turkman clothing sits in Altun Kupri, a town near Kirkuk, Iraq. In the summer of 2014, Arshad al-Salihi, head of the Iraqi Turkman Front, urged the Turkman community of Iraq […]

The Future of Unipolarity

After the bipolar world order ended with the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union, what was left, some argued, was a new power distribution within the international system: unipolarity. Accompanying the new era of unipolarity were questions of its […]

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela: A Snapshot in the Life

South Africa’s Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, endearingly called Mama Winnie and “Mother of the Nation,” passed away in early April. A funeral service was held on April 14th, organized by the African National Congress, a group criticized for […]

Should the United States Implement Democracy in the Muslim World?

The Islamist Ennahda party in Tunisian parliament. Ever since the fall of the Soviet Union and subsequent establishment of Western liberal hegemony, American academics, politicians, and policy analysts have debated whether or not the United States […]

Rebuilding Afghanistan in Its Own Failed Image

The Afghani Parliament in 2006. When it comes to the state-building effort in Afghanistan, there would seem to be plenty to criticize in the realm of poor policy implementation. However, authors Thomas Barfield and Atri Suhrke […]

From Russia With Love: Mercenaries, Trolls, Oligarchs, and the Story o ...

Two months ago, on the night of February 7th 2018, T-72 tanks, BRDM armored personnel carriers, and trucks carrying 122mm howitzer artillery and BM-21 rocket launchers rumbled over a bridge crossing the Euphrates river in Deir […]

Hybrid War: A Definition and Call for Action

If one were to divide violent conflict into two broad categories, on one side would lie traditional, so-called “conventional” warfare, and on the other, asymmetric or “unconventional” warfare. “Conventional” battles are fought between professional armies and […]

An Antagonized Russia

The Russian navy (from left) corvette Steregushchy, destroyer Nastoichivy and frigate Admiral Gorshkov are anchored in a bay of the base in Baltiysk in Kaliningrad region, July 19, 2015. Photo: Reuters/Maxim Shemetov Dissolution and Distrust The […]

Peace for a Time: Neville Chamberlain’s Negotiation of the Munich Ag ...

The Munich Agreement of September 30, 1938, is widely perceived today as a terrible mistake made by a weak leader. The standard narrative is that Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, blinded by his own idealism, fed Czechoslovakia’s […]

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