Matthew Petti, JHU, European Horizons: The trial of Jan Böhmermann sits at the intersection of constitutional law and geopolitics. Böhmermann, a German comedian accused of writing a dirty poem about the president of Turkey, is now on trial for insulting a foreign head of state after Chancellor Merkel allowed the charges to move forwards. The […]Read more "Twenty-First Century Lèse-Majesté?: Erdoğan and Free Speech in Europe"
Matthew Petti, JHU: The roadmap to peace is now littered with detours. The international ceasefire agreement on Syria, which took effect in February, seems to have broken down completely. For a brief moment it seemed that a political solution to the war was in the works, but hopes of that have all but been dashed. […]Read more "Ceasefire in Syria: A Post-Mortem Report"
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, […]Read more "How Western World Involvement Intensified the Crisis in Syria"
Ashby Henningsen, UMBC: Over the past several months, the refugee crisis stemming from the Middle East has reached unprecedented proportions. Europe and Turkey have been among those areas most affected by the overwhelming numbers of displaced persons, causing their leaders and citizens alike to struggle in determining the best response. However, this past week, European […]Read more "The E.U.-Turkey Refugee Deal: More Harm than Good?"
Ashby Henningsen, UMBC: Few armed conflicts occur within a vacuum in terms of their repercussions; when tensions between states or movements erupt, the political and strategic impacts often extend far beyond the borders of the countries immediately engaged. Few conflicts of the new millennium have demonstrated this as dramatically as the Syrian Civil War. Besides […]Read more "Geopolitics and the Invisible Battlefield of the Syrian War"
Tyler Lewis, UMBC: The events taking place in Syria, and in other parts of the world today, are violent and aggressive, and the extent to just how sickeningly twisted those events are, can be difficult to process. War is a gruesome concept and terrorism is a distressing ideology; it does not take extensive examination to […]Read more "Syria: How Technology and Social Media Has Desensitized America"
Anna Quinn, Loyola University Maryland: About two weeks ago, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 4038, the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act of 2015. The bill, which is currently being debated in the Senate, prevents Syrian refugees from entering the U.S. until they undergo a more rigorous vetting process—the most stringent ever required […]Read more "The Compassion Gap: A Western World’s Disparate Reaction to Conflict"
George Gulino, JHU: ISIS, or rather Daesh, has come back into focus as a chief international security threat since the attacks in Paris on November 13th. Almost simultaneous suicide bombings/hostage killings at the soccer stadium Stade de France, the Bataclan concert hall and a few bars and restaurants claimed the lives of 130 and injured […]Read more "The Situation in Syria is Worse than Ever, and Worse Than You Thought"
Anna Benham, JHU: After the attacks on Paris earlier this November, the American political rhetoric has been loaded and tense. This past week, Republican Presidential candidate Ben Carson referred to refugees as “rabid dogs”, and Governor Bobby Jindal instructed the National Guard to “track” refugees. This forces the United States to re-examine what the words […]Read more "The Facts Behind Refugees"
Will Theodorou, JHU: Due to the ongoing civil war in Syria, the country’s citizens continue to seek asylum in Europe. The Syrian Refugee Crisis began in 2011 and, since then, approximately 4,183,535 Syrians have left their home in search of safety. Turkey has handled the biggest burden, hosting approximately half of the total refugees and […]Read more "Where Should They Go?"