Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

Syria’s Balance of Terror

Syria’s Balance of Terror

Feb 24, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Omar Ashour LONDON – As the civil war in Syria nears the six-year mark, the mounting death toll and constantly shifting military landscape is making a mockery of the diplomatic track. With yet another round of talks on the horizon – new United Nations-led discussions are scheduled to begin today in Geneva – it’s worth asking...

Iraq PM: Foreign Daesh fighters have fled Mosul

Iraq PM: Foreign Daesh fighters have fled Mosul

Feb 10, 2017

Originally published on Middle East Monitor By Middle East Monitor Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi said yesterday that the majority of foreign non-Iraqi militants fighting for Daesh have evacuated Mosul, Iraq’s second city and Daesh’s last major urban stronghold in Iraq. Al-Abadi’s remarks came during a meeting he had with the governors of Iraq’s 18...

A Dire Vacuum in a World in Crisis

A Dire Vacuum in a World in Crisis

Feb 9, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Baher Kamal ROME/GENEVA, Feb 9 2017 (IPS) – “The world is in a crisis, not least because governing élites have estranged themselves from the needs and aspirations of ordinary people. This sense of being left behind has lead the latter to rebel against their country’s stratified governance,”...

The Trump Presidency: The First Week

The Trump Presidency: The First Week

Feb 1, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Johan Galtung The author is professor of peace studies, dr hc mult, is founder of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace, Development and Environment and rector of the TRANSCEND Peace University-TPU. He has published 164 books on peace and related issues, of which 41 have been translated into 35 languages,...

ISIS: worst of times, best of times

ISIS: worst of times, best of times

Jan 27, 2017

This article first appeared on openDemocracy The insurgents of ISIS are under pressure in their strongholds. But over the long term they have grounds for confidence. By PAUL ROGERS The military effort to expel ISIS from Iraq’s second city of Mosul started in mid-October 2016, with expectations that this would be completed by the end of the year. In the event,...

Why aren’t Russians protesting against war crimes in Syria?

Why aren’t Russians protesting against war crimes in Syria?

Dec 14, 2016

This article first appeared on openDemocracy Across the world, the tragedy in Aleppo has brought thousands of protesters onto the streets. As usual, in Russia, nobody is taking a stand. By Sergei Davidis Through airstrikes and military assistance to Bashar Al-Assad’s regime, Russia’s armed forces bear responsibility for the mass slaughter of civilians in Syria....

Kenya Struggles to Combat Al-Shabaab’s Cross-Border Attacks

Kenya Struggles to Combat Al-Shabaab’s Cross-Border Attacks

Dec 11, 2016

Originally Published on The Jamestown Foundation By: Sunguta West Al-Shabaab has increased attacks in areas near the Kenyan border in recent months, as local and international military action pushes the al-Qaeda affiliated group out of its hideouts in southern Somalia. Analysts believe the militants now have bases in the north and northeastern regions of...

Why is Saudi Arabia at War in Yemen?

Why is Saudi Arabia at War in Yemen?

Dec 6, 2016

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Ali Al Shihabi RIYADH – Saudi Arabia has drawn a lot of criticism lately for its leading role in the war against Houthi rebels in Yemen. Some deride the Kingdom, the richest Arab state, for taking action against the poorest. Others have claimed that the fight against the Houthis – a Zaidi Shia-led religious-political...

RUSSIA, BOSNIA, AND THE NEAR ABROAD

RUSSIA, BOSNIA, AND THE NEAR ABROAD

Dec 3, 2016

Eurasia Research Center, 1998 By Alan F. Fogelquist Post Doctoral Scholar History Department University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Paper Presented April 19, 1995 at the International Conference on Bosnia-Hercegovina Organized by Bilkent University and the Grand National Assembly of Turkey – This paper was written before the massacre at Srebrenica...

Algeria’s Role in Libya: Seeking Influence Without Interference

Algeria’s Role in Libya: Seeking Influence Without Interference

Dec 1, 2016

Originally Published on The Jamestown Foundation By: Dario Cristiani Faced with a range of potential threats, Algeria is one of the countries most concerned with developments in Libya. Close adherence to a doctrine of non-interference has limited Algeria’s role in its neighbor’s affairs. However, when Fayez al-Sarraj, the president of Libya’s Government of...

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