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The United Nations Role in Afghanistan

The United Nations Role in Afghanistan

By Ehsan Ullah, Afghan Ministry of Finance
Location Afghanistan Afghanistan

One aspect of the United Nations mission has historically been to improve conditions in conflict zones. Efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan, a nation plagued by three decades of war, an inefficient government, ineffective security and an abysmal record of human rights and corruption, is a daunting task.

October 3, 2012 · 1 comment · Afghanistan, Politics
Why is the Syrian Civil War Lingering?

Why is the Syrian Civil War Lingering?

By Claude Salhani, Journalist and Political Analyst
Location Azerbaijan Azerbaijan

The civil war that has raged in Syria for almost nineteen months shows no signs of abating, rather, there are indications that the conflict is likely to continue for a while longer. It could well turn out to be quite a while longer. Both sides in the dispute need only look at Lebanon and its fifteen year civil war to learn that there is much more to civil war than winning or losing. Staying in […]

October 2, 2012 · 1 comment · Politics, Syria, Syrian Civil War
Promoting Moderation and Balance

Promoting Moderation and Balance

By Mohammed S. Dajani Daoudi, Founder of Wasatia
Location Palestine Palestine

The strong reaction by Muslim masses to the anti-prophet film made by a Coptic Christian in the USA is being viewed by Muslims as part of the clash of civilizations scenario where Muslims perceive their faith is under attack by others, namely Christians and Jews. In Muslims culture, to ridicule a major symbol of their religion such as burning the Holy Quran or ridiculing the Prophet is not viewed as falling within the boundaries of […]

September 28, 2012 · 0 comments · Islam, Palestine, Spirituality
What the United States Should Know About Portugal

What the United States Should Know About Portugal

By Miguel Nunes Silva, International Relations Analyst
Location Portugal Portugal

With close to 900 years of history, Portugal is one of Europe’s oldest and most stable nations. Its oldest alliance is with the UK and it was with British mediation that Portugal and the US came to cooperate strategically during the Second World War in the renting of the Lajes air base to Washington.

September 26, 2012 · 2 comments · Economics, Portugal, United States
Riyad al-Assad: A Syrian George Washington?

Riyad al-Assad: A Syrian George Washington?

By Amjad Dajani, PhD Candidate at Kings College, London
Location United Kingdom United Kingdom

It is without a doubt that we are witnessing history repeat itself. A career military man has rebelled against an army he previously served and founded an army of ragtag revolutionaries to fight against despotism. No, this not a re-telling of George Washington’s revolutionary career against the British but a telling of Riyad al-Assad’s revolt against the Ba’athist Army in Syria. Riyad al-Assad is a seasoned soldier who served in the Ba’athist Syrian Army since […]

September 24, 2012 · 1 comment · Politics, Syria, Syrian Civil War
Turkey and the Kurdish Question

Turkey and the Kurdish Question

By Idrees Mohammed, International Relations Analyst
Location Turkey Turkey

Turkey’s relationship with the Kurds is a sensitive and major longstanding political issue. Paradoxically, Ankara is aware that it needs to better address Turkish-Kurdish ties and implement reforms, yet its inability to achieve genuine progress is a liability for Turkey’s national interests and foreign relations. This is exemplified by Turkey’s precarious relationship with Syria. The Syrian civil war has created two primary concerns for Turkey. If Syrian Kurds inspired by the Iraqi Kurdistan model create […]

September 24, 2012 · 0 comments · Politics, Turkey
Aleppo and Syria’s Future

Aleppo and Syria’s Future

By Josef Olmert, Adjunct Professor at the University of South Carolina
Location United States United States

The battle for Aleppo, Syria’s second largest city, is not “the decisive last battle” of the Syrian civil war. The conflict is clearly leading to the removal of the current leadership from Damascus, as well as Aleppo, but not necessarily from Syria. The Assad-Alawite-Ba’th regime is preparing the mountainous Alawite region of North-West Syria to be their last bastion, and they can fortify themselves there for a while, even if, as seems inevitable, they will […]

September 24, 2012 · 0 comments · Politics, Syria, Syrian Civil War