Conversation about a topical issue every week. Short, pithy, and hopefully informative.
What Will It Take To End Syria’s Civil War?
With apparently no end in sight for Syria’s civil war, our program editors consider how-or whether- its combatants can be brought to the negotiating table.
How Can the Alliance Deter Russia?
Our Program Editors and Research Analysts look at the ongoing threat the Russian state poses to NATO.
The Yazidis: Iraq’s Forgotten Victims
This is the third article in the series focusing on the current refugee crisis in the Middle East. Focusing on the Yazidi community of Sinjar is very important in our task to better understand how these communities have been affected by the recent atrocities committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) against Read More…
Anti–Refugee Policies in Scandinavia and the Great Effect on the Global Refugee Crisis
Our Program Editors and Research Analysts debate the greater effects of the recent change in refugee policy by Scandinavian states.
Has Iran Reached A Turning Point In Its Relations With The World?
Our program editors debate whether Iran’s adherence to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action signifies a new era in its foreign policy.
Modern Assyrians: The Story of Genocide, Political Integration, and Displacement
This is the first part of a series of articles and interviews on the current refugee crisis by Fadi Dawood.
‘Minorityhood’: What is a Minority Anyway?
This is the first in a number of articles and podcasts that will seek to contextualize the history and politics surrounding the current political and social refugee crisis in Iraq and Syria. The mass extermination and enslavement of Yazidies under the ISIS in Mosul and surrounding region, and the expulsions of Assyrians from the Read More…
The Execution of Nimr Al-Nimr: Double Barrel Politics in the Middle East
Portrait of Nimr Baqr al-Nimr an independent Shia cleric in al-Awamiyah, Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia by Abbas Goudarzi, Wikipedia Commons. On January 2, 2016, the Saudi government executed Nimr Al-Nimr, a prominent Shi’a Saudi cleric, who spent much of his adult life speaking for his marginalized community. Al-Nimr’s sermons and speeches came to symbolize the Read More…