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October 9, 2017

By Cierra Carafice

The ongoing civil war in Syria has been a very visible and heavily discussed conflict. However, one of the more obscure facets of this war is the toll it has taken on…

September 24, 2017

By Alex Rand

​Part 4: Implications of the Referendum

The referendum itself is not exactly a close vote by any stretch of the imagination. The ultimate result will be in favor of…

September 24, 2017

By Alex Rand

​Part 3: Political, Diplomatic, and Military Realities

Should Iraqi Kurdistan’s referendum succeed the next set of hurdles facing the KRG center around a number of…

September 24, 2017

By Alex Rand

​Part 2: Natural Resources Dilemma 

One of the several hurdles facing Kurdish efforts for independence comes in the form of natural resources. The various Kurdish…

September 24, 2017

By Alex Rand

​Part 1: Historical Context

For as long as the Kurds have existed they have been subject to non-Kurdish rule, whether it be Arab, Persian, Ottoman, British or a myriad…

September 18, 2017

By Alex Rand

To most readers, the idea of cracking open a book on Central Asian history sounds unpleasant. Unfamiliar places and strange names tend to throw off most western readers, since…

March 20, 2017

by Rachel LaPointe

“Women don’t know how strong they truly are,” says Lina Khalifeh, founder and owner of SheFighter, the first Middle Eastern self-defense academy and martial arts studio…

November 29, 2016

By Tophie Fisher

On Monday October 17, 2017,the battle to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from the hands of the so-called Islamic State (IS) began. The offensive, which is a joint operation…

November 14, 2016

By Natalie Hettle

Yemen’s water crisis is the worst in the Middle East. Yemen is located on a dry, semi-arid portion of the Arabian Peninsula. Yemen has no rivers unlike Syria, Egypt, Iraq…