First the Americans and Now the Russians: The Taliban as a Political Tool

By: Rex Nazarko Afghanistan is considered "America's Longest War". Official US involvement in the country dates back to 2001 with President Bush's famous "You Are Either With US Or Against Us" speech, propping up American invasion of the central Asian nation. The goal was eliminate the terrorist element governing Afghanistan, otherwise known as the Taliban.... Continue Reading →

Venezuela: An Uncertain Future

By Mustafa Rasheed As the nuclear threat with North Korea escalates and tensions continue to boil in the Middle East, the toxic situation in Venezuela struggles to make major headlines. Over the past several months, Venezuela has undergone tremendous inflation, food shortages, protests, alleged fraud in the midst of elections, and violence. The core of... Continue Reading →

The Saudi-Iranian Cold War

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... Continue Reading →

The African Plan

By Mustafa Rasheed On July 8, newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron spoke at a press conference during the G20 Summit in Hamburg. The G20, or Group of 20, are members of the world’s most powerful countries with developed economies, including the European Union. Their first meeting took place in 2008 and have convened annually... Continue Reading →

Japan’s Pacifism Tested

Japanese history is one of the most intriguing narratives of nations. Spanning a period of almost  10,000 years of archeological records, and evidence, the history of Japan is one of the longest recorded accounts of any peoples. But throughout the course of such an extended time, one could hardly call the nation's tale pacifist.  Apart... Continue Reading →

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