Is Another Gaza War Inevitable?

By: Ryan Gregory Thiele On March 25, a rocket launched from the Gaza Strip leveled a home in Misheret, Israel, north of Tel Aviv. Luckily, no one was killed, though at least six people were injured, including a child. Israel then retaliated by launching airstrikes across the Strip, demolishing the offices of Ismail Haniyeh, Hamas’…

Three Key takeaways from ISIS

By: Daniel Yun On March 23rd, 2019, U.S.-backed coalition forces finally captured the last remaining Syrian town, Baghuz, held by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). A once mighty caliphate, the terrorist organization has wreaked havoc and terror in the Middle East for the last five years. In response, the United States and coalition…

Executions in Egypt

By: Jordan Hart Hisham Barakat, former prosecutor of Egypt, was assassinated in June of 2015 when a bomb struck his car. In February, 9 men were executed by the means of hanging in a Cairo prison. There are only a few examples of 15 overall execution within Egypt since the beginning of the year. Those…

How Netanyahu’s Corruption Indictment Affects the Israeli Election and American Jews

By Simon Fischer Israel’s Attorney General, Avichai Mandelblit, announced recently that his office plans to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on corruption charges after a two-year investigation, and he is being formally charged with one count of corruption and three counts of “breach of trust”. The charges are still pending a hearing and further investigation,…

Israeli Prime Minister and his Legal Woes

By: Rachel Watson Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel is at risk of losing the April 9 election due to legal issues after 13 years in office. The charges that have been brought against Netanyahu are fraud, bribery, and breach of trust in connection to three separate cases. One such case is Case 1000, which centers…

Contentious Partnership: The U.S. Military Withdrawal from Syria

By: Ariana King On December 19th, 2018, President Trump announced that the United States would withdraw 2,000 troops from Syria within 30 days, claiming that the Islamic State (IS), an Islamist extremist group, had been defeated and that U.S. troop presence was no longer necessary.  This decision was met with significant domestic and international criticism. National…

A Taliban Resurgence: Investigating U.S. Counterinsurgency Mistakes

By: Ariana King As of January 19th, U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad has individually met with all parties involved in the seventeen-year-long war that began with the 2001 U.S. ouster of the Taliban government. The Taliban is an Islamist extremist group which has imposed harsh Sharia law on the Afghan people and which…

US Foreign Policy in the 116th Congress

By: Daniel Ramallo In an election dominated by healthcare, immigration, and everything President Trump, the foreign policy debate was characteristically quiet, despite potentially large policy implications stemming from the results of November 6th. Despite what appeared to be a repudiation of Trump’s nationalism on election night, the President’s foreign policy agenda is safer than one might…

Mission Accomplished?: Why Trump can’t withdraw troops in Syria

By: Daniel Yun On January 16th, 2019, four Americans were killed by an Islamic State suicide bomber in Syria. This incident came weeks after President Donald Trump declared the war against ISIS won and ordered the withdrawal of the 2,000 American special forces operators currently located in Syria. Former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and…