Middle East and Africa

The Emerging Narco Bloc of West Asia

The manufacture and supply of the flagship drug Captagon in the heartland of Syria are now one of its only business success stories. The...

Outsourcing Instability: How the Wagner Group Got a Foothold in Mali

Since 2021, rumors have swirled about “white soldiers” who have been setting fire to villages and gunning down suspected Islamic militants in Mali. In...

Does Iranian Uprising Necessarily Need a Leader?

The question about necessity of "leadership in the recent uprising in Iran" has been raised since the beginning of the widespread protests after death...

The Implications of American Withdrawal from Syria

The withdrawal of American troops from Syria may destabilize the region, as well as the move can harm Washington’s image and interests in the...

Why the Transforming Arabian Gulf States Need to Abandon the Archaic Kafala System

The notorious Kafala system has restricted the socio-economic mobility of migrant workers across the Arabian Gulf over the oil-development decades and currently binds more...

The Sweden ‘Consultations’: A Ray of Hope on the Long and Rocky Road to Peace in Yemen?

While the resumption of peace talks in Sweden illuminated a ray of hope for a diplomatic/political route to ending the conflict in Yemen, there’s...

Trump’s Plan for Israel and Palestine: One More Step Away From Peace

Seventy years since the UN affirmed the right of return for Palestinian refugees, Middle East peace is further away than ever. The Trump administration’s...

Preparing to Withdraw from the Nuclear Agreement: A Heated Debate in Tehran

Following the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), U.S. President Donald Trump has...

Trapped in Crossfire: Addressing the Drivers and Dynamics of the War in Yemen

The war in Yemen has become a case study example of what happens when two rival countries indulge in a power struggle for dominance....

US-Iran Rivalry: Addressing the Source of Instability in the Middle East

For the United States, the relationship with Saudi Arabia comes first and has to be safeguarded against all odds.  Recent events show that America...

Israeli Archeology as a Method of Legitimizing the Occupation

As a result of the recent debates on Israel's rights over the territories occupied, it appears that Israeli authorities have made a series of...

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Economy First, Geopolitics Second: A Case for Future US-Bangladesh Engagement

The past year has witnessed vigorous engagement between Bangladesh...

Settler Culture and Politics of Mass Shootings in the US

On Jan. 21, 2023, all hell broke loose in...

The Emerging Narco Bloc of West Asia

The manufacture and supply of the flagship drug Captagon...

Climate Action: The US Is Doing Its Part, Others Should Step up Too

The view that the US has been hypocritical in...

Myanmar’s Opium Boom Matters — Here’s Why

The UN just released a new report on the...