Aren Saakyan is a fourth year undergraduate student at the University of Toronto where he is pursuing and Honors Double Major in International Relations and History. He is fluent in both Russian and Armenian. His research interests include growing religious conservatism in the east in opposition to secular western society along with political and social developments in Russia and the former Soviet Union, particularly the Caucasus.
Aren Saakyan Cyber Security and Emerging Threats Peace & Conflict Studies Security Terrorism The Middle East and North Africa

Making Monsters: American Support for Insurgency Groups in the Middle East Backfires

As ISIL expands its control over Iraq, Aren Saakyan argues that the consequences of supporting the Syrian Opposition will be much greater for the United States than the costs of supporting the Taliban during the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan in the 1980s.