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Turkey, Israel, and a Very Late Apology

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April 1, 2013

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 ›

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 Other Awlaki: What the Killing of an American Minor Says About Your Civil Rights

It has been almost a year and a half since a US drone strike killed an American citizen in Yemen, Anwar Al-Awlaki. While Awlaki’s death has inspired commentary and criticism from time to time, the recent release of a 16-page “white paper” regarding the intersection of drone strikes and extrajudicial killings has brought Awlaki’s death… Read More ›

Security News, February 4: Terrorism in Turkey, Lebanon Fights Back, and More

Turkey A far-left group has claimed responsibility for the suicide attack on the US embassy in Ankara that left two dead (including the bomber) and one injured. The Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) posted a statement on its website claiming responsibility for the attack. In its statement the group called Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip… Read More ›

Week in Review: January 28-February 1

Syria, Lebanon, and Israel Israel executed an airstrike on a Syrian convoy headed for Lebanon on Wednesday. Israel claims the convoy was carrying Russian anti-aircraft missiles and was meant for Hezbollah. Israel seemed to be acting on claims that Bashar al-Assad might seek to better arm Hezbollah so that the group would be well-placed strategically… 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 ›

Security News: December 26, 2012

Syria Maj. Gen. Abdul Aziz Jazzim al-Shallal, Syria’s military police chief, has reportedly defected from the government. Maj. Gen. al-Shallal announced his defection in a video posted online. “The Syrian military has strayed from its core mission in protecting the homeland to become nothing but armed gangs that kill and destroy the cities and the… Read More ›

Security News: December 24, 2012

Turkey Interior Minister İdris Naim Şahin has accused Iran of not doing enough to curtail the activities of the PKK (Kurdish Worker’s Party). The minister says that Iran has neglected to act against the PKK’s “intensified campaign” within its borders. The PKK, labeled a terrorist organization by the EU, the US, and Turkey, has been… Read More ›