by: Kenan Kabbani Tensions between Iran and the U.S. have escalated throughout the Trump administration’s term. Starting with the withdrawal of the U.S. from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (otherwise known as the Iran Deal), the U.S. adopted a policy of “Maximum Pressure” by reintroducing many sanctions on the Iranian economy and exerting pressure… Read More The Fundamental Crisis in American Foreign Policy: Strategy, or Lack Thereof?
By: Rexhinaldo Nazarko “Five days or five weeks or five months, but it certainly isn’t going to last any longer than that,” stated former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on the days predating the beginning of the Iraq War. Needless say we look back at this event in history and judge it as one of the… Read More War With Iran: An Unwise Decision
By Mustafa Rasheed This past summer, I was able to intern with an organization called Emgage in Washington, D.C. Emgage is a non-partisan organization that seeks to empower the Muslim-American community by promoting civic engagement, endorsing candidates that align with the interests of the community, and pursuing a like-minded legislative agenda. In my time in… Read More An Interview with Wa’el Alzayat
By Kenan Kabbani The following essay was submitted to us by guest writer Kenan Kabbani. This essay explores the definition of “Islamism”, a brief background into its rise, and its role in contemporary Arab politics and society. This was submitted to Professor Tareq Ramadan’s course on Arab Society in Transition at Wayne State University. The… Read More Islamism in the Arab World
By: Rexhinaldo Nazarko The trends seen in the development of war lead us to come to the conclusions that conflicts have been reduced to smaller scale involvements between the instigators, reducing combat casualties, but have grown in the sense that they engulf broader regions. Meaning, trends show wars with the progression of time have come… Read More Modern Warfare: Are Technology and Mercenaries The Future?
By Mustafa Rasheed The following essay briefly explores the root of conflict in modern post-colonial countries that are currently ravaged by violence and conflict. Additionally, it explores the imperialist/superior attitude of a superpower over a smaller country through the experience of the United States and Iraq. This is a continuation of a series of essays… Read More On Overconfidence
When the term “Cold War” is used, the past decades of the American-Soviet rivalry and struggle for influence usually come to mind. The American-Soviet Cold War was the most renowned global fight for influence, but there are also regional “Cold Wars” which aim to avoid direct conflict, spread influence, and assert regional control. The ideological… Read More The Saudi-Iranian Cold War
On Sunday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi eccentrically declared the liberation of Mosul from ISIL (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) on state TV. After a nearly nine month long battle, the Iraqi Forces in cooperation with Kurdish Peshmerga, American Special Forces, and other militia groups , successfully managed to recapture the ISIL’s… Read More The Victory of Mosul: Hope For The Middle East?