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”

The Final Debate & Why Putin Might Actually Prefer Clinton

The rise of Donald Trump is reminiscent in a lot of ways of Adolf Hitler. This correlation has been perhaps run dry and overplayed by the media, but there is a deeper ring to it than just the hateful rhetoric and outright evil policy ambitions these two have in common. Besides Hitler’s ideological madness, beneath itContinue reading “The Final Debate & Why Putin Might Actually Prefer Clinton”

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”

[Watch] Bashar al-Assad interview with NBC – “America enabled ISIS”

  In reference to Donald Trump’s discrimination against Muslims in the US, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad claimed that nobody should indulge such discrimination. With regards to contradictory rhetoric from opposing candidates of the presidential election, Assad said he is not concerned with rhetoric but action and that this rhetoric is often temporal; fleeting. Furthermore, AssadContinue reading “[Watch] Bashar al-Assad interview with NBC – “America enabled ISIS””

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?”

Should We Police the World? America & Security in the 21st Century

Throughout history, various states have requested the assistance of the US to help suppress insurgency. Often these insurgencies are supported and funded by external powers. A prime modern example of this is the current conflict in Syria. Initially perceived as a part of the Arab Spring, the US stood with so-called “rebel forces” in theirContinue reading “Should We Police the World? America & Security in the 21st Century”

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”

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?”

Power & Technology – A Bromance?

The relationship between technology and power is rather complex. There are numerous theories that technological advancement is the key to strength and prosperity – in parts of the world where such evolution did not occur, political institutions and therefore economies developed less (Diamond 1999). Technological evolution has especially revolutionized America’s modern military, as well as theContinue reading “Power & Technology – A Bromance?”

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?”

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