Evaluating the ‘Party of God’: Hezbollah, Conflict & Justice

To determine Hezbollah’s overall success, the rather limited literature on the subject focuses on the organizations political achievements as well as their military achievements in the region (Norton 2007). This is primarily because Hezbollah functions both as a political party in the Lebanese government, as well as an armed militia, a status that has notContinue reading “Evaluating the ‘Party of God’: Hezbollah, Conflict & Justice”

How Should America Respond to Terror?

The invasion of Iraq by the US-led coalition in 2003 produced a new dilemma for Iraq – a vacuum of power. For almost 4 decades, the brutal reign of Saddam Hussein centralized power, and despite its brutality, stabilized the country politically. But many critics of authoritarian regimes in the Middle East blamed the vacuum ofContinue reading “How Should America Respond to Terror?”

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 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”

Is Saudi Arabia Next?

The Gulf countries, to some extent, initiated quick reforms to avoid the domino effect of the Arab Spring. Reminiscent of the Age of Metternich in Europe, when serious efforts to revolutionize the continent were being suppressed. Revolution often has little idea of the future, but this weakness is exploited by existing orders to maintain the “statusContinue reading “Is Saudi Arabia Next?”

An Interview with Adonis

This is an excerpt of a recent interview with Syrian-exiled poet Adonis taken from the New York Review of Books. The renaissance needs time. Our society, during the fifteen centuries since the foundation of the first Islamic state, has not been able to establish a society of citizens. With a citizen’s duties come rights. Until now,Continue reading “An Interview with Adonis”

The Fate of Terror – What We Can Learn From Brussels, Ankara, Paris & Beirut

The only question that should be raised in response to the Brussels attack – why is this happening? If you think the answer can be reduced to Islamic extremism or a clash of civilizations – you are ignoring the reality that much of the extremism which encourages violent terrorism in the Middle East emanates fromContinue reading “The Fate of Terror – What We Can Learn From Brussels, Ankara, Paris & Beirut”

Book Review – Postmodern Imperialism: Geopolitics & The Great Games by Eric Walberg

Walberg, Eric. Postmodern imperialism: geopolitics and the great games. SCB Distributors, 2011. Recent history has introduced a period of heightened military conflicts, uprisings and contentions. This has resulted in many shifts in global patterns. Competitiveness between empires has intensified and further complicated the quest for understanding the global political dynamic. In his book, Postmodern Imperialism:Continue reading “Book Review – Postmodern Imperialism: Geopolitics & The Great Games by Eric Walberg”

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