Middle East


A New Wave of Uncertainty: Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri Resigns

Hariri’s resignation threatens to destabilize Lebanon’s fragile power balance, opening the country to a surging tide of foreign interests.


Trump in the Middle East: What We Can Learn From the Qatar Crisis

Trump’s hostility to Qatar has both weakened the stability of the Middle East and delegitimized the actions of his political subordinates.


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.


In Syria, a Battle Between Radical Leftism and Militant Islam

Rojavan Kurds have created a federalist system, prioritizing gender equality and democracy. It remains to be seen whether the structure can be expanded