Erbil: Life on the doorstep of ISIS

7th September 2016

Erbil city centre is deserted. Restaurants and teahouses are locked and bordered up while the streets are clear of much traffic and pedestrians. A lone figure can be seen in the main square, resting under the shade of a small tree. ISIS are little more than an hours drive west … read more

Military Coups: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

5th September 2016

  Most countries at one time or another have had their destinies changed by the intervention of their militaries into their internal politics.  Brazil’s military moved against their monarchy making the country henceforth a republic.  In the closing chapter of the English Civil Wars General George Monck made the fateful … read more

The Untold Persecution of Christians In the Middle East

7th March 2016

The topic of Christian persecution is a difficult and sensitive one in a country increasingly allegoric to any mention of Christianity and especially of Christian repression. The problem is that Christian persecution, particularly in North Africa and the Middle East, has been mostly ignored in recent decades by the political … read more

Cyprus: Reuniting a divided island

20th January 2016

Progress has been made on ending one of the longest standing conflicts on Europe’s eastern frontier. Unlike the stalemates ranging from eastern Ukraine, to Crimea, to northern Georgia and Syria, the 41 year partition of Cyprus in the Eastern Mediterranean appears to be a place where Europe’s embattled diplomats might … read more

The death of Zahran Alloush: A blow to the peace process?

20th January 2016

The death of a key Syrian insurgent leader threatens to have significant consequences for the Syrian civil war and its nascent peace process. Zahran Alloush, founder and commander of Jaish Al-Islam (JAI), was killed in a targeted strike in Eastern Ghouta, the only rebel held Damascus suburb and home to … read more

Saudi Arabia: How Their Future Affects Our Fate

8th January 2016

As the world welcomed 2016 with fireworks and music, Saudi Arabia spilled the blood of 47 people. Now that the spotlight shines on this dungeon of a regime, it should be seen for what it is. It has been one of our closest allies while simultaneously being the largest exporter … read more

Turkey’s downing of a Russian bomber: The implications

1st December 2015

On Tuesday 24th November the World was left in shock after a Turkish F-16 jet shot down a Russian Su-24 bomber, arguing that the Russian bomber had breached Turkish airspace and thus the Turkish military acted in accordance with their rules of engagement. The circumstances of this are very shady … read more

History; Our Weapon against ISIS

28th November 2015

No horror movie could be as terrifying as the fate which befell Paris on Friday the 13th. Chants of “Allah uh akbar!” amidst shooting and “This is for Syria!” were apparently yelled. Given the recent targeting of “Jihadi John” by US air strikes, you do not have to be Sherlock … read more

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