Middle East


Mosul is a Humanitarian Crisis, Period

After the complete American withdrawal from Iraq in 2011, observers hailed the end of the war as the dawn of a new era of peace and stability for the country. American involvement had seemed the last barrier to internal harmony, and Iraq appeared poised to usher in an era of long-term internal improvement. Of course, […]


Illusive Unity, Elusive Peace: Challenges for the New Secretary-General

The selection of Antonio Guterres to be the next leader of the United Nations was a show of unprecedented unity. Mr. Guterres, Portugal’s former Prime Minister and the current head of the U.N. Refugee Agency, was chosen by an informal consensus vote. Not a single country on the Security Council, the U.N.’s highest body, opposed […]


What is [John Kerry doing for] Aleppo?

The failed ceasefire agreement between Russia and the United States in Syria has put the strained relationship between the two countries into the spotlight


Confronting ISIS’ Global Frontier

  Over the past several months, the number of terrorist attacks orchestrated by ISIS appear to be increasing exponentially. Between June 28 and July 2, which coincided with the month of Ramadan in the Islamic calendar, ISIS claimed responsibility for multiple attacks that collectively resulted in the deaths of over 400 civilians. Since the November […]


HPRgument: The Putsch in Turkey

  On July 15th, factions in Turkey’s military attempted a coup d’état to oust President Erdogan and his elected government. After a struggle that lasted through the night, the coup failed, leaving hundreds dead in the streets and the nation in a fragile state. Since then, President Erdogan has begun a purge of all branches of government and […]


Aleppo: The Final Frontier?

As the Syrian civil war rages in and around Aleppo, the city’s strategic significance has been a hot topic of discussion.