PhD Proposal: Accounting for Differences in Outcome of the Arab Spring

    Research Questions, Hypotheses & Variables: Why did the Arab Spring affect states differently? What accounts for these differences in outcome? This article seeks to address that very question. In this research, I extend “Wimmer et al’s” model of ethnic conflict & exclusion to include ethno-religious groups in the Middle East. Ample literature hasContinue reading “PhD Proposal: Accounting for Differences in Outcome of the Arab Spring”

A Neo-imperial Menace – The Great Game for the Middle East

A comparative study of Syria & Iraq wars, makes it evident that the cause of instability is not authoritarianism, nor radicalism in either of these states, and the entire ME region. Rather these are symptoms of a greater menace inciting them – neo-imperialism. Enough with associative-thinking Β – ‘this has to be true because of this.’Continue reading “A Neo-imperial Menace – The Great Game for the Middle East”

Who Really is ‘Presidential’? Thoughts Ahead of Tonight’s Debate – #Election2016

Bernie Sanders was not presidential [sadly to say – despite many of his ideals being great – if not the best compared to his counterparts]. That is something the American people are struggling to grasp – especially the youth. What is – ‘presidential’? Donald Trump – is not presidential. But for reasons different than Bernie.Continue reading “Who Really is ‘Presidential’? Thoughts Ahead of Tonight’s Debate – #Election2016”

The Terrorist [Artwork]

Art by Nermine Hammam Executively Produced by KRIKOS aka Danny Krikorian Presented by Colours of the Culture Listen to “The Terrorist” and the full album “Sufi in the West” below:

The Gift [Artwork]

“The Gift” Art by Nermine Hammam Executively Produced by KRIKOS Presented by Colours of the Culture

For Whom The Bell Tolls

What dawns on us but truth, If not to convince the youth, Like water from a fountain, Whatever happens no excuse, This is conversations with glory, Face to face with time, They hold banners of revolution If the clock ticks past nine, But after twelve its all hell, though walls still stand like eyes throughContinue reading “For Whom The Bell Tolls”

How Arab Unity Became An Oxymoron – Another Tale of Orientalism

A more liberal strand of Islam might argue that cultural identity is tied to Islamic heritage. Furthermore, it encompasses all philosophy and knowledge into Islam, as opposed to radical Islam which excludes philosophies from the Enlightenment, Renaissance, and the mystical indigenous religions of various regions in the world, like Central Asia and Latin America. WhatContinue reading “How Arab Unity Became An Oxymoron – Another Tale of Orientalism”

Who Partakes in Political Violence?

Terrorism is a tactic adopted by particular groups for a political objective. The individuals that partake in this violence often exhibit common characteristics. One of these characteristics is impoverishment (Lee 2011). In parts of the world where state capacity to serve the public is low, terrorist group participation is more likely. In other words, theseContinue reading “Who Partakes in Political Violence?”

The Fate of the Middle East

The fate of Middle Eastern conflicts is that they are long and bloody. More recently, they have been immortal. The Palestine issue has almost turned into a hopeless cause in which activists are smeared as promoters of violence. The losses suffered by Arabs, while Israelis and Americans gain footing, is tough to look beyond. HowContinue reading “The Fate of the Middle East”

The Struggle for Sovereignty in the Middle East

  There are numbers floating around regarding the relatively low amount of terrorist incidents committed by Islamic radicals. Still, two points can be brought up. Instability is uniquely inherent to the Middle East; and anti-Americanism is common in the Islamic World. Perhaps these two characteristics of the Islamic World coupled with the increase in radicalizedContinue reading “The Struggle for Sovereignty in the Middle East”

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