Syrian Civil War

Moscow’s Endgame in the Syrian Civil War

A Putin painting in an exhibition. President Putin's popularity has been boosted by Russia's involvement in Syrian civil war.

For President Putin, the road to a new Russian superpower leads through Syria.

Tunisia: A Water Conflict in the Making?

An olive tree in Sahel, Tunisia. Disruption in the agricultural industry threatens to drive water conflict in this important country in the MENA region.

Drought conditions are driving water conflicts throughout Tunisia, further destabilizing the fragile outpost of democracy in the MENA region.

How the ‘Clash of Civilizations’ Explains Turkey-US Relations

Turkey President Erdogan waves.

Do recent shifts in Turkey-US relations vindicate Samuel Huntington’s controversial thesis of a clash of civilizations?

Russia and Iran: United in Syrian Civil War, Divided in Peace

Russia President Putin and Iran President Rouhani discuss the Syria civil war at a summit.

Different core interests are keeping Iran and Russia from seeing eye-to-eye on Assad’s fate after the Syrian civil war.

Global Forecast (09-19-2016)


Tensions spike in Kashmir, Putin’s United Russia cruises to a big win in parliamentary elections, and the Syria ceasefire deal goes on life support.

Turkey: The Newest Combatant in the Syrian Civil War

Turkey President Recep Erdogan has recently changed his policy toward the Syrian civil war.

Turkey’s entrance into the conflict brings an incendiary new dynamic on the battlefield – and diplomatic headaches for Washington.

Washington Moves to Outsmart Moscow in Syria

Putin_and_Erdoğan, cc modified Presidential Press and Information Office Kremlin, Wikicommons

The United States aims to press the advantage in Syria before any Russia-Turkey reboot takes hold.

Russia Looks to Egypt to Boost Its Resurgent Presence in the MENA Region

Egypt is the next front in Russia's push to regain its traditional great power status.

Global Forecast (03-22-2016)


A key security summit in the U.S., David Cameron’s cabinet in revolt, and Syria’s Kurds quietly assemble a state.

Echoes of British Colonial India in Plans to Partition Syria

SyriaMap, cc CIA Factbook

Great power plans to break up states in the name of ‘peace’ don’t always work. Just look at India and Pakistan.

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