Are Missiles the Answer?

By: Ilana Friedman The conflict in Syria began in March 2011 with pro-democracy demonstrations against the harsh regime of President Bashar al-Assad. In August 2011, then-President Obama called for Assad to step down and also enforced new sanctions on the Syrian government. Allies of the United States — France, Germany, and the United Kingdom —…

Tomorrow’s Warfare, Held Back By Today

By: Sam Buisman Entering into a war is like stepping into a river: while the environment is familiar, your immediate surroundings are constantly changing. War always involves a number of opposing parties engaged in armed conflict, but the means by which it is waged have changed drastically over time. “Armed” embodies a different definition for…

The Veil Debate

By: Chandrea Baster The United States’ First Amendment, under the freedom of expression, prohibits legislation stemming from or against religious practices. It is virtually impossible to imagine federal laws infringing on an individual’s rights based on religious grounds. Precisely on this issue, there is a clear disparity between the US government and its Iranian counterpart….

Iran’s CIA? A Strengthening IRGC Must Be Dealt With Prudence

By: Daniel Ramallo Since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Iran has been adamant about exporting its revolution into the rest of the Arab World. Last month, in what was possibly Israel and Iran’s most heated exchange since the Syrian conflict began in 2011, Iran launched an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) drone into Israeli airspace that was…

Who’s Really Calling the Shots in Washington?

By: Alex El-Ghaoui News of turmoil between the US Department of State and the White House has been commonplace since Trump’s inauguration. Along with the CIA and the FBI, the State Department has been a favorite target of President Trump’s, who views the agency as too cumbersome and bureaucratic. Recently, this turmoil seems to have…

Israel and Saudi Arabia: Forming An Unlikely Friendship

By: Ryan Bergal For the first time in its history, Saudi Arabia is taking steps forward to establish official diplomatic relations with Israel. Just last week, Israeli Chief of Staff General Gadi Eisenknot, told London-based Saudi newspaper Elaph that Israel was ready to exchange intelligence with Saudi Arabia. The purpose of a Saudi-Israeli alliance would…

Yemen Needs Help – And They Need It Fast

By: Chandrea Baster A dire situation has arisen in Yemen. The country has been mired in conflict since 2011; however, tensions escalated three years ago and have been rising ever since. Yemen is currently dealing with the single worst humanitarian crisis in the world as they battle food and water shortages, disease, and a lack of fuel,…

The Many Faces of the Iran Deal

By: Avneesh Chandra The Iran Deal (or the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) has, from the time of the interim agreement in 2013 that laid its foundation, to its signing and ratification in 2015, and till President Trump’s recent announcement of his refusal to recertify, has been in the news repeatedly. President Obama and his…

The Art of the Deal: Nuclear Proliferation

By: Jason Geissler Since North Korea broke the moratorium prohibiting missile testing in 2006, the media has developed a narrative regarding the nation that focuses on missile tests while largely ignoring the history and developments of Pyongyang’s diplomatic ties with the United States. Even following President Trump’s tweet condemning Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s efforts…

Just Don’t Do It

By: Sam Alhadeff Decertification. This is the common word floating around Washington when President Donald Trump, his administration, and his fellow members of the Republican Party (and some from the Democratic Party) talk about what should be done about the Iran Deal. In cable news appearances and stump speeches, one can hear echoes of “dumbest…