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ISIS: Portrait of a Jihadi Terrorist Organization

Overall analysis of a jihadi terrorist organisation… Continue reading

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The Historical Roots and Stages in the Development of ISIS

The roots and development of ISIS… Continue reading

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ISIS’s Ideology and Vision, and their Implementation

A Sunni Islamic extremist organization… Continue reading

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ISIS’s Military Achievements in Iraq and the Establishment of its Governmental Systems

ISIS’ military campaign in northern and western Iraq… Continue reading

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ISIS Establishes Itself in Eastern and Northern Syria

ISIS has established a governmental infrastructure in areas under its control and is brutally imposing Islamic religious law on the local population… Continue reading

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ISIS’s Financial and Military Capabilities

ISIS’s capabilities: the number of its operatives, control system, military strength, leadership, allies and financial capabilities… Continue reading

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Exporting Terrorism and Subversion to the West and the Arab World

ISIS is working to extend its influence to other jihadi organizations and networks in the Middle East and around the globe… Continue reading

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ISIS’s Propaganda Machine

ISIS has an effective propaganda machine and regards the battle for hearts and minds as particularly important… Continue reading

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The American Campaign against ISIS

America underestimated ISIS as a potential but not immediate security threat… Continue reading

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ISIS Response to the American Campaign

ISIS’s policy towards the United States changed when the United States identified ISIS as a serious political and security threat… Continue reading

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Khudheir Mussa Al-Khuzaie, Vice-President of Iraq, Addresses General Assembly, 68th session, 2013

Khudheir Mussa Al-khuzaie, Vice-President of Iraq, addresses the general debate of the sixty-eighth session of the General Assembly… Continue reading

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How to Tell the “Good Guys” in Syria

Or… do we know who the bad guys are?… Continue reading

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Turkey and Tehran: A Cold Peace

The Turkish-Iranian relationship is primed for problems due to differing geopolitical and sectarian interests… Continue reading

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Learning the Wrong Lessons from Ike

The real lessons of 1956… Continue reading

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Turkish-Kurdistan Energy Relations: An Assessment

Much is made of the grand strategy of the Turkish-Kurdish energy puzzle… Continue reading

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Syria’s Assyrians, caught in the middle

Of all the Christian communities in Syria, the Assyrians, that is, those Christians who identify as such by virtue of belonging to the Assyrian Church of the East, arguably have the most complex relationship with the Assad regime… Continue reading

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Syria: Spillover into Iraq?

Is the resurgent of Al-Qaida in Iraq a result from the growing civil war in Syria… Continue reading

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Are Iraq and Turkey Models for Democratization?

In the wake of the upheavals that have shaken the Arab world since December 2010, activists, politicians, and analysts have all been searching for new, democratic models of governance that could come into force in these lands… Continue reading

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“And What Do You Want to Say to the Iraqi People?”

I’ve been interviewed a number of times, for example, by Iraqi journalists. But this time there was a different kind of question at the end of the interview… Continue reading

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Assessing Iraq’s Oil Industry

This article provides an overview of Iraq’s oil and gas industry, focusing in particular on its history since 2003 under the Coalition Provisional Authority and the sovereign Iraqi government… Continue reading

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Turkey-Iraq Relations: From Bad to Worse

Relations between the governments of Iraq and Turkey continue to deteriorate… Continue reading

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The Iraqi Model: As Good As It Gets

Iraq is in a mess. Violence continues. Factionalism leads to endless bickering. Corruption is at high levels. Christians live in fear or flee altogether. Islamism is constantly creeping forward… Continue reading

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Ankara and Baghdad: A Parting of Ways?

Until now, Turkey’s presence in Iraq has generally been encouraged by all major Iraqi groups… Continue reading

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Obama’s State of the Union Speech: My Response Discovers Some Curious Insights and Strange Formulations

In his State of the Union message, President Barack Obama began by wrapping himself in the flag, patriotism, and love of the armed forces while trying to highlight his foreign policy achievements… Continue reading

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America and the Arab Spring

A year ago this week, on January 25, 2011, the ground began to crumble under then-Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak’s feet… Continue reading

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