Matthew Petti, JHU: Even for a region as complex as the Middle East, Lebanese politics are notoriously hard to understand. Lebanon is a “confessional” republic where positions are allotted to and political parties are affiliated with religious sects. Consequently, it is sometimes difficult to follow the various factions and alliances of the country’s multiparty system. […]Read more "Missing the Forest for the Cedars: How the Saudi-Iranian Proxy War is Affecting Lebanon"
Ashby Henningsen, UMBC: Under Hassan Rouhani’s presidency, Iran has seen civil change and economic headway become a concrete possibility. That is why the ongoing national elections for the nation’s Parliament and Assembly of Experts have inspired broad optimism among observers within the country and abroad. While final results have not been tallied, initial reports suggest […]Read more "Change, Hope, and Uncertainty amidst the Iranian Vote"
Richard Elliott, UMBC: This election has shown the ugliest sides of the Republican Party. Donald Trump, derided by many as not being a true conservative, has risen to the top of the polls and is likely to take the nomination. Ted Cruz, architect of the 2013 government shutdown, and rookie senator Marco Rubio are running with about equal […]Read more "Right‐Wing Skew & The Balance Fallacy"
Alex Robledo, Georgetown: Many political pundits have argued that Carly Fiorina won the second GOP debate. They’re right—though it depends on how you define “won.” If we are talking purely presentation and delivery, I would absolutely agree: Carly Fiorina commanded the stage that night. She made the popular remarks eloquently, eliciting thunderous applause from the […]Read more "Republicans Need Rand Paul’s Foreign Policy"
Ahmed Eissa, UMBC: There are a lot of reasons to be afraid of Iran’s nuclear program, and there are a lot of reasons not to be. Unfortunately, sensationalist media outlets and people with ideological biases highlight all the wrong reasons, and fail to discuss the correct ones. These emotional, knee-jerk responses – often void of […]Read more "Re-evaluating the Threat of a Nuclear Iran"
Nick Clyde, JHU: Since Tom Cotton and 46 other Republican Senators signed an open letter to the Iranian leadership last week claiming that any agreements on their nuclear policy would be nullified by the next president, commentators have denounced the move as a blunder. Some have even called it illegal and unconstitutional. Although a few […]Read more "The Cotton Doctrine is Unsustainable"
Omar Khatib, JHU: A nuclear Iran. The blocking of this exact concept has been at the forefront of American foreign policy in recent years, and the threat of this is why the United States has been and still is at the head of the negotiating table for a nuclear deal. On March 9th of this […]Read more "The Iran Nuclear Deal and Republican Obstructionism"
Dana Busgang, Goucher College: THE INVITE In early January, news broke that Speaker of the House and Republican congressman from Ohio’s 8th district John Boehner, had invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress. This is not the first time that Netanyahu, whom some have come to refer to as […]Read more "Mr. Netanyahu Goes to Washington"
Author: Ashby Henningsen, UMBC ________________________________________________________________________________ The past few months have witnessed a frantic effort by the Obama administration to assemble a broad united front in order to counteract the mounting threat of ISIS in Iraq and Syria. As of late, this coalition has comprised of actors in the immediate region, such as the United Arab Emirates […]Read more "“The Enemy of My Enemy”"