Islamism in the Arab World

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... Continue Reading →

Six More Years of Vlad Putin

By: Rex Nazarko On Sunday, March 18th, the Russian people took to the polls in order to elect their "new" leader. Unsurprisingly, the elections turned out to be very anticlimactic, with Vladimir Putin claiming victory once again, making this his fourth, and second consecutive Presidential term. The former KGB grasped over 70 percent of the... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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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