Military spending boosted as public awareness of defense rises
Women of Terrorist Organizations- How Women are being recruited
The current atmosphere of international politics remains a strongly gendered environment in which women continue to be marginalized in both the job sector and within social spheres. The ongoing gendered viewpoint which places women in a position of vulnerability has, in part, contributed to women participating in or even conducting terrorist operations. The threat of Read More…
Climate Change: An Unspoken Factor in the Syrian Civil War
Climate change crises are on the rise around the world, primarily in the Middle East and North Africa. In Syria, the loss of resources and the increasing number of IDPs are increasing the countries’ ever prevalent vulnerability, making it one of the most daunting humanitarian crises of our time.
The Economic State of Syria
The Syrian Civil War is drawing to a close, and at long last. Since its inception in March of 2011, the conflict has provoked utter calamity on a scale not otherwise seen since World War Two. Originating from an unassuming incident, the war has spiraled out of control, with the resulting carnage leaving upwards of Read More…
Egypt Is Becoming Central to NATO-Area Geo-Economics
The Arab Spring threw a wrench into Egypt’s promising liquified natural gas (LNG) industry. Now, with stability returned to that country and the discovery of new gas deposits in the Nile littoral, Egypt is poised to become a major source of energy to the E.U. market. As auspicious as this sounds, it raises the stakes in an already volatile region marked by militarization and beset by inter-state strife and transcontinental tension.
The Program Editors Weigh in on “Regions in Review”: The Eastern Mediterranean
On the Editor’s Forum, program editors at NAOC continue their case-by-case examination of different areas of the globe and identify their respective security contingencies. In this instalment, the Eastern Mediterranean is the region being reviewed.
The Eastern Mediterranean: NATO Allies Clash
The Eastern Mediterranean is without a doubt a conflict-prone geographic location. Most consider the conflicts between Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine and occasionally, Egypt, when discussing the region, but new players are clashing with one another, and this time, they’re allies. While the world looks at nearby Syria, it has been Turkey, Cyprus and Greece that Read More…
Why We Have to Intervene After Chemical Attacks
The world may never agree on chemical weapons attacks. Buzz Lanthier-Rogers explains why that cannot, and does not, stop us from acting.
A Balance of Power Gone Awfully Wrong
The future of the Middle East and the secret to ensuring a truly balanced power structure does not occur by simply breaking up the region into spheres of influence, or by turning it into a zero-sum game.
Defining the Red Line: Syria’s Legitimization of WMD Usage
With last weekend’s Allied airstrikes on Syria, a very limited response was made to Assad’s chemical attack on Douma. Was it too little, too late? Is there no “red line” to prevent future WMD usage?