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June 4, 2018

By: Thorayah Abdelqader, Lead Intern

Saudi Arabia’s decision to lift the ban on women driving came with great surprise and joy to the international world. This change in policy was so…

October 24, 2016

By Alex Rand

The age-old adage goes “the enemy of my enemy is my friend”. However, the United States now finds itself in a situation of “the enemy of my friend is still my friend”. In the…

April 6, 2016

by Gabriel Giddens

The following gives updates on the Kurds in Iraq, Syria, Turkey and Iran.

Iraq

Late last year, the Peshmerga forces of the Kurdistan Regional Government…

December 15, 2015

Today the director of the Middle East Studies Center was interviewed along with Nathan Lean of Georgetown University's Bridge Initiative to discuss Islamophobia. You can listen to the entire…

October 29, 2015

The Middle East is growing more dangerous each day with conflicts multiplying.  With the crowded airspace in Syria, the chance of either Russia or the U.S. hitting unintentional targets of each…

October 23, 2015

Last night's event hosted by the Arab Student Union at the Ohio State University, "Aftermath of the Arab Spring," was enjoyable and thought-provoking. Four distinguished panelists brought a…

July 29, 2015

The news this morning that Mullah Omar died is significant for Afghanistan and Pakistan. He was in Pakistan.  After the U.S. attacks on Taliban and al-Qaeda positions in Afghanistan in 2001, he…

January 29, 2015

The name Shi'ite, or Shi'i, or Shi'ah in Arabic, means "partisan", or “supporter” of Ali as legitimate successor of the Prophet Muhammad. Shi'is are also sometimes called Fatimis, or Fatimids,…

January 21, 2015

Turkey has not yet engaged militarily in the conflict against ISIS, but they are under considerable pressure from the rest of the coalition against ISIS to contribute more to the fight (1).  …