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Julian McBride

Julian McBride is a forensic anthropologist and independent journalist born in New York. He’s the founder and director of the Reflections of War Initiative (ROW), an anthropological NGO.

Sectarianism Driving Lebanon toward Economic Collapse

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Without accountability, Lebanon will never recover its former position as an economic powerhouse in the region. But decades of sectarian conflict continue to stymie positive reform.

Women’s Rights in Focus as Protests Sweep across Iran

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Will the wave of protests centered on the death of Masha Amini have a different outcome than previous nation-wide outbreaks of unrest?

Armenia’s Geopolitics at a Crossroads

Monument to the victims of World War II in Sisian, 1975; cc Wikicommons Beko, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Monument_to_the_victims_of_World_War_II_in_Sisian_(4).jpg

Russia is proving an unreliable ally for Yerevan, creating opportunities for Western governments to make new inroads.

Putin’s Pyrrhus of Epirus Moment?

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What Putin dubbed a “special military operation” has turned into the bloodiest conflict for Russians since WWII, and the effects are starting to be felt at home and across Russia's near abroad.

Ukraine War: Life in Occupied Mariupol

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Mariupol was one of the focal points of the early phase of the Ukraine war. But what happened after the city fell?

Central and Eastern Europe Takes the Lead in Ukraine War

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Several small- and middle-powers from Central and Eastern Europe are punching above their weight and providing critical support to an embattled Kyiv.

Ukraine War: Attrition Looms in Battle of Kherson

The Antonovsky bridge is one of the few crossings able to easily supply forces on the north side of the Dniper River; cc Uaquantum, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:01_09_2006_08_23_Kherson.JPG

One way or another, the battle of Kherson could prove decisive in the outcome of the war.

The Reality of the Ukraine War Is Dawning on Russians

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Unlike past military adventures, the risks are outweighing the rewards for everyday Russians faced with mounting blowback from the Ukraine war.

Armenia: Geography as Geopolitical Kryptonite

Arian Zwegers, cc , modified, Arian Zwegers

With few reliable allies to back it up, Armenia has become the centerpiece of a new great power dynamic that is emerging in Eurasia.

Invading Taiwan Is No Easy Task for Beijing

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Invading Taiwan would involve a host of political and military risks for the Chinese Communist Party, suggesting that it’s still unlikely to occur in the immediate future.

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