How Western World Involvement Intensified the Crisis in Syria

Giana Dawod, JHU: Moscow’s decision earlier last week to end its combat mission in Syria fell on the grim 5th anniversary of the country’s conflict. What began as political protest spiraled into a civil war, sparking the world’s worst humanitarian crisis in decades, and spawning a new global terrorist threat. Starting as peaceful anti-government demonstrations, […]

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Blocking Social Media and the Restriction of Democracy in Turkey

Ashby Henningsen, UMBC: For many years, Turkey has stood as a unique outlier within a politically and civilly turbulent region. Until Tunisia’s systemic shift during the Arab Spring, many considered Turkey to be the lone example of a stable democratic government in the ideologically charged Middle East, surrounded as it has been by authoritarian regimes […]

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The Aftermath of Bardo: Searching for Answers, Facing Uncertainty

Ashby Henningsen, UMBC: For several years, Tunisia has stood as an outlier within the broader Middle East and North Africa. Whereas post-revolutionary violence, ethnic and sectarian divisions, and institutional frailty have plagued many of its neighbors in the wake of the Arab Spring, Tunisia has enjoyed a relatively bloodless and stable transition towards democracy. Yet […]

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The Overlooked, Emerging War in the Middle East

Author: Ashby Henningsen, UMBC _______________________________________________________________________________________ While much of the world has been gripped by images of airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq, an equally lethal and equally worrisome conflict unfolds in the peninsular country of Yemen. There, sectarian division and civil unrest threaten to completely dismantle the existing government, which already […]

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