There’s a lot more going on behind the scenes at today’s OPEC meeting than one might think.
To truly understand the rise of Islamic State we must look back at the historical origins of its doctrine.
Three years after the onset of the Arab Spring, headlines are still focused on the security threat of revolutionary Islamist militant groups. But we may be overlooking the rise of new social forces which are equally threatening to global security: Middle Eastern transnational criminal networks.
The increasingly intractable Israel-Palestinian conflict owes much of its current impasse to the doomed Oslo peace process of the 1990s.
Some diplomatic observers suggest that a US-Iranian rapprochement is under way, and that Khorasan could play a role in negotiations.
Though the end result is still in question, there can be no doubt that geopolitical circumstance has tilted the scales in Iran’s favor in ongoing talks to dismantle its nuclear program.
With all eyes on Kobane, the Turkish government decided to launch on attack not on the Islamic State fighters besieging the town, but the Kurds desperate to defend it.
The Syrian town of Kobane, also known as Ain-al-Arab, has been the site of fierce fighting between Syrian Kurds and Islamic State (ISIS) for over three weeks. Some have even come to see it as a crucible for President Obama’s military strategy, arguing that if ISIS can still make territorial gains despite US air strikes, the chances for total victory over Islamic State are pretty bleak.
President Obama’s plan to destroy Islamic State is ineffective at best. Rather, NATO allies should aim towards forcing the terrorist organization to implode from within.
While it’s expected that it will be the Kurds who separate from Iraq, the real beneficiaries from a break-up of the country would be the Shia. They’re the ones who control 80 percent of the country’s oil wealth, and they would prefer not to share it with hostile neighbors.