Middle East


The MOAB Mystery: Why Trump Bombed Afghanistan

MOAB is a weapon of massive proportions, but its consequences carry even greater magnitude. It is possible that its launch was a strategic maneuver, but more likely it is representative of the Trump administration’s increased willingness to use military powers.


The Tragedies We Ignore

Why does a chemical attack evoke an immediate, large-scale response, while the starvation of hundreds of thousands in Syria is brushed aside?


Women in ISIS: The Rise of Female Jihadists

Unfortunately, counterterrorism measures are often constructed around profiles of a typical male jihadi. Since women are not seen as terrorists, it is easier for them to gather and transfer the intelligence necessary to plan terrorist operations.


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, […]


When Courts Take on Countries

American citizens can now sue states that have allegedly sponsored terrorism. But how does a person sue a country?


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 […]