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”

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”

This Glass Design

Poetry is dead in a world with no head, A world with one body that plucks at its bread, A hunger or thirst, no intellect to quench, Terrorizing the world while we sit from the bench, Is there a light at the end of the tunnel, Or are we foolishly tracing the fence, All along aContinue reading “This Glass Design”

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?”

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 Islam Experiencing Its Enlightenment?

A common theme in criticism of the Assad regime among Syrians themselves is that the government has given minorities like Alawites (Shiite offshoot), Christians and Armenians privileged statuses that surpasses those of the average Sunni Muslim, by a far margin and for long periods of time. The majority of Syria is Sunni Muslim, and lives inContinue reading “Is Islam Experiencing Its Enlightenment?”

JIHAD: A Double-Edged Sword?

Introduction What causes Islamist terrorism? Is it fabricated? Right-wing terrorism is more prevalent in the US than jihadism. In the ME, Islamic jihadism is the main motive. But is it fueled by money, or genuine grievance? Large civilian populations in the Middle East and Central Asia flirt with the conspiracy theories that suggest US financingContinue reading “JIHAD: A Double-Edged Sword?”

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”

New America

Its been more than 150 years since we were blessed with the gifted authorship of American transcendental author Ralph Waldo Emerson. Emerson, Thoreau and their school of transcendentalists represented the first school of America spiritual individualism without attachments to any organized religion. Furthermore, their emphasis on the Overlord, or rather, the existence of a spiritual supreme being,Continue reading “New America”

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