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Protests in Turkey: What’s Happening and What’s Next

June 5, 2013

When the protests first broke out in Istanbul’s Gezi Park last week, I’ll have to admit I wasn’t phased…at first. The Turkish citizenry is particularly active when it comes to protesting. While studying abroad last fall, I got fairly accustomed to seeing the police with their riot gear out in Taksim or Kadıköy. And while… Read More ›

Margaret Thatcher and International Security

Unless you’ve been holed up in your room without Internet, television, or any human interaction, you’ve probably already heard that Margaret Thatcher, the “Iron Lady”, Britain’s first female Prime Minister, has died. And if you are indeed holed up in your room and are at the very least without Internet, this post won’t help you… Read More ›

Turkey, Israel, and a Very Late Apology

Turkey is in the news, and not just because of its proximity to and policies on Syria. In the past months the country has seen two major breakthroughs: an apology from Israel over the 2010 Gaza blockade incident and promising movement forward on a peace agreement with the PKK. While both events are good news,… Read More ›

Syria and Chemical Weapons: The Most Recent Scare in Context

The major news from Syria last week revolved around a possible use of chemical weapons within the country. As President Obama recently reiterated while visiting Israel last week, it has been his administration’s policy to consider Assad’s use of chemical weapons as a “red line” in terms of pushing the US to intervene in the… Read More ›

Syria Two Years On

It has been two years since the uprising against Bashar  Al Assad’s regime began in Syria. This long conflict has been characterized by complexity, confusion, frustration, and most of all, death and destruction. The death toll alone nears 70,000; the number of refugees recently passed the 1 million mark. A recent report from Save the Children… Read More ›

State of the Union Jitters

It’s a day before Obama’s first State of the Union address of his second term, and many commentators are speculating about what subjects the speech will address. With regards to international security, Obama could address topics (drones, other counterterrorism policies, nuclear weapons, etc.) or regions (the Middle East, South Asia particularly in terms of Pakistan… Read More ›

Information Breakdown: Drones, Extrajudicial Killings, and What the Obama Administration Is and Isn’t Saying

Following is a list of resources about the debate surrounding the Obama administration’s use of drone strikes to kill “imminent” threats to America–even when those threats are American citizens themselves: The breaking story at NBC detailing the release of a 16-page “white paper” on the extrajudicial killings of American citizens by way of the US’s drone… Read More ›

The Lowdown: The Latest on Syria’s Chemical Weapons

Since the beginning of the conflict in Syria, the country’s stockpile of chemical weapons has been a point of tension. Assad’s use of chemical weapons has often been deemed the “red line” when it comes to US intervention. This blog has addressed the fears surrounding Syria’s chemical weapons twice before, here and here. Syria’s chemical… Read More ›

News Brief: December 18, 2012: Syria Edition

This morning Reuters reported that after intense fighting, the Syrian rebels have taken control of the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp, a suburb near Damascus. Yarmouk is a  crucial victory because it can provide the rebels access to areas in Damascus were government institutions are located. Abu Nidal, a rebel spokesman, therefore expects the Syrian government to fight… Read More ›

News in Focus: Global Counter Terrorism Forum

On Friday, December 14, 29 countries participated in the third ministerial meeting of the Global Counter Terrorism Forum in Abu Dhabi. Like the previous meetings (in September 2011 and June of this year), the meeting ended with countries initiating new action on issues of counterterrorism. Specifically, the United States pledged to spend an additional $2… Read More ›