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Russia in Ukraine: Choices and Consequences

Although today at a press conference at the White House, the President didn’t explicitly state that Russian forces had indeed invaded Ukraine, in the past 24 hours. One thing is for certain there are indeed Russian forces on a third “Southern” front in Ukraine, and these forces consist of tanks, heavy artillery, and multiple rocket… Continue reading Russia in Ukraine: Choices and Consequences

Middle Eastern Affairs

ISIS in Syria: Known Unknowns

If ever there were a time for reflection it would be at this crucial time. Though granted ISIS is not entirely defeated in Iraq, they are on the run. And with Syria now looming as a possible battlefield it is appropriate to take a breather from what has just happened, recollect our thoughts, and move… Continue reading ISIS in Syria: Known Unknowns

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In Defense of John Brennan

In the coming weeks and months the CIA will be critiqued by the U.S. public writ large over a report detailing the enhanced interrogation techniques that the Bush Administration used to glean information from detainees at not only Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but also at secret black sites via extraordinary renditions where the persons were then… Continue reading In Defense of John Brennan

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Admission of Guilt in Post 9/11 Atmosphere

On Friday the President held a press conference and admitted past errors during the Bush years that he says, amounted to “torture”. This comes before the contents of a Senate report detailing the use of tactics including extraordinary renditions an order to undermine the possibility of additional attacks on the homeland and abroad. Though these… Continue reading Admission of Guilt in Post 9/11 Atmosphere

Middle Eastern Affairs

Why a Third Intifada is Implausible

For all the talk about the latest salvos in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict there is much chatter about a particular subject that seems to permeate the chattering classes as of late the idea of the coming of a third intifada. My friends are mistaken in this belief for various reasons. The first one is that in… Continue reading Why a Third Intifada is Implausible

African Affairs · Middle Eastern Affairs · Near East South Asian (NESA) Affairs

African Leaders Conference: Doha Reconsidered

With the President meeting with African leaders this week I thought it would good to write once again(Doha Development Agenda: The Time is Now) why the Doha round is exceptionally important to the region and how that can be incorporated into the wider world. The Doha Development Agenda (DDA) is a multilateral trade regime which once… Continue reading African Leaders Conference: Doha Reconsidered