The Rebalancing of Powers: From ‘Brexit’ to Babel?

There is a disconnect between national policy and international relations. The decision to leave the EU by the UK, or “Brexit”, is a symbol of that disconnect. But in order to understand the origins of this decision, it is important to highlight the UK’s tradition of reluctance and hesitation towards the EU since its inception.Continue reading “The Rebalancing of Powers: From ‘Brexit’ to Babel?”

Reading the Trump Card

Donald Trump has amassed quite the voter base. This doesn’t come as a surprise to those of us who understand the historical roots of racism in America. For those who are in denial about it, it appears more difficult to grasp. Let us remember that today, minorities suffer the worst economic hardships in America. Public servicesContinue reading “Reading the Trump Card”

WMDs, The War on Terror & Unicorns: What Deludes Us?

The risk posed by nuclear weapons is valid. But does this threat increase with the use of terrorism? Terrorism is not a new phenomenon, but new technological innovations have changed the way it is conducted [Chaliand & Blin 2007]. Furthermore, terrorism is currently used to describe attacks on civilians, usually by non-state actors whereas historically itContinue reading “WMDs, The War on Terror & Unicorns: What Deludes Us?”

The Causes of Political Instability in the Middle East: A Constructivist Approach

If we are to analyze properly regions of the world which are historically religious anomalies, it would seem precarious to apply normative principles across various societies. The Middle East possesses a unique characteristic which makes it vulnerable to instability. That is the underlying logic of this research article. The common trend of analyzing the MiddleContinue reading “The Causes of Political Instability in the Middle East: A Constructivist Approach”

A Humble Conversation With A Palestinian Doctor

I had a very interesting discussion today with a gentleman of high esteem. For the sake of privacy I won’t mention names, but the individual is a professional doctor and US citizen of Palestinian descent. Our conversation surrounded my career trajectory as a student of Political Science and immigrant from the Middle East. Perhaps ifContinue reading “A Humble Conversation With A Palestinian Doctor”

World Peace & American Hegemony in the 21st Century: Is This the End of Democracy?

We have reached a point in Western culture in which the concept of “democracy” is hailed as the best form of government. The irony is that the bedrock of western philosophy, Plato, rejected democracy on the basis that politicians represent the animalistic impulses and petty passions of the people, not the best interest of the whole.Continue reading “World Peace & American Hegemony in the 21st Century: Is This the End of Democracy?”

We Major! Minorities in America in 2016 & Beyond

  White Supremacy is real. At one time in America’s history, it was a norm. Today, it is more veiled – nonetheless in today’s political arena, we are witnessing the ugliness of America’s culture of bigotry creep in. The Republican party has been reduced to a conservative, racist party of white men & their brainwashedContinue reading “We Major! Minorities in America in 2016 & Beyond”

Sufi in America

While I stand with solidarity with my Muslim brothers and sisters, I must make the statement that not all Muslims have long beards, wear hijabs or are super religious. In fact, my interpretation of Islam would likely be deemed too liberal for the hardline orthodoxy. But that’s when things get political. Just keep in mind, thereContinue reading “Sufi in America”

The Seeds Were Sewn: Democracy & Terror in the Middle East

Democracy & Terror in The Middle East Danny Krikorian Abstract The aim of this research analysis is to determine whether or not levels of democratic process influence political violence in the form of Islamic extremism within the context of Middle Eastern countries. The overall findings suggest that the relationship between reduced violence, that is, stability,Continue reading “The Seeds Were Sewn: Democracy & Terror in the Middle East”

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