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…

April 23, 2018

By Cheyenne l'Auclair (Hall)

Last week, I met with Dr. Alam Payind, Director of the Middle East Studies Center at Ohio State to discuss al-Qaeda in the Arabian…

December 22, 2017

By Alex Rand

For the past four decades the United States has found itself increasingly committed to developments in the Middle East. Its involvement has made it one of the region’s major…

December 6, 2017

By: Thorayah Abdelqader

The crisis in Yemen is still getting worse as starvation, disease and destruction spreads. The country is battling a civil war and facing interference from outside…

November 6, 2017

By Alex Rand


‘Rojava’ can be a nebulous term. Rojava references West Kurdistan, a series of Kurdish majority cantons spread throughout Syria’s northeast, north, and…

October 26, 2017

By: Thorayah Abdelqader

There have been multiple outbreaks of Cholera worldwide, with one of the biggest outbreaks occurring in the aftermath of the natural disasters that hit Haiti in…

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 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 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…