An updated – but still rough – draft of my master’s thesis

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE M.A. Dissertation Danny Krikorian Political Development & Ethnic Conflict: Comparing Kazakhstan & Azerbaijan I. Introduction II. Data III. Shared Histories in the Caspian Region IV. Inclusion & Harmony – Kazakhstan vs. Exclusion & Conflict – Azerbaijan V. Conclusion Abstract In this research my aim is to demonstrateContinue reading “An updated – but still rough – draft of my master’s thesis”

A preliminary draft of my master’s thesis

Conflict in the Caspian: A Comparative Study of Ethnic Inclusion & Conflict in Azerbaijan & Kazakhstan  Abstract In this research my aim is to demonstrate a relationship between the extent of political development, indicated by the degree of ethnic inclusion, and the extent of ethnic conflict, defined in the upcoming sections, exhibited in these twoContinue reading “A preliminary draft of my master’s thesis”

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  – ‘this has to be true because of this.’Continue reading “A Neo-imperial Menace – The Great Game for the Middle East”

A Legacy of Liberalism in the Middle East – Between the Orient and the Occident

Islamic liberalism is not a myth, but to assume that it seeks to mimic the West, ignores that the West itself has shortcomings in the realm of authentic liberalism. It becomes difficult to gauge really what is the so-called problem ailing the Middle East, when one does so from a perspective shaped by Occidentalism –Continue reading “A Legacy of Liberalism in the Middle East – Between the Orient and the Occident”

The American Nightmare 2016: Are We Going to Hit the Snooze Button?

Donald Trump is not fit to run the United States of America – or anything in this cosmic dimension. And this idiot and all of his followers will continue to reveal how ignorant they are about politics. I do not believe the Russians are colluding with Donald Trump because the Russians have class believe itContinue reading “The American Nightmare 2016: Are We Going to Hit the Snooze Button?”

Turkey – Clarity Amidst Confusion

It is really hard to get a grip of what is really happening in Turkey. Media outlets are misleading as usual. Political interests are at stake and biases are rampant. It appears Erdogan has retaken power, resisted the coup, and is now in the process of an apparent legal prosecution against all involved. This isContinue reading “Turkey – Clarity Amidst Confusion”

Who is responsible for Istanbul attack?

On June 28th, a group of suicide bombers conducted an attack on Turkey’s Istanbul Ataturk Airport, killing 41 people and injuring 239. As the world mourns the tragedy, investigators seek to bring justice to the perpetrators. But who is responsible? And Why? Is it Daesh (ISIS)? Is it PKK? These are both valid suggestions, basedContinue reading “Who is responsible for Istanbul attack?”

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 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”

If I Were President – 2016 and Beyond

There are many avenues that need to be walked in order to improve the US domestically. The US is still a global leader, but socio-economically it lags in development, compared to its allies in Europe and its emerging competitors in the East. The progressive wave which swept Europe in the 90s and early 2000s seems toContinue reading “If I Were President – 2016 and Beyond”

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