Middle East
United Kingdom’s £100m Defence Deal with Turkey

United Kingdom’s £100m Defence Deal with Turkey

The first month of 2017 was a tumultuous one for global politics— from the Brexit judicial decision to the inauguration of US President Donald J. Trump. One particularly surprising development was the materialisation of a £100 million defence deal between the United Kingdom and Turkey. These funds will help Turkey build fighter jets and will...
Erdoğan: At the Height of Popularity

Erdoğan: At the Height of Popularity

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has not hidden his aspirations. The powerful president of Turkey is willing to do everything possible to cement his position and eliminate any opposition. He has proven to be a ruthless tyrant par excellence. Identifying his domestic enemies, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has publicly drawn the battle line in recent months. The imprisonment...
Trump: Exactly What the Syrian War Did Not Need

Trump: Exactly What the Syrian War Did Not Need

With the election of Donald J. Trump on 8 November 2016, the United States plunged itself headfirst into an unknown abyss of foreign policy. With all current obligations to international treaties, international organisations, and multilateral trade pacts in doubt, Trump has effectively questioned the very fabric of both current international norms and the neoliberal theory...
Optimistic Saudi Bond Pricing Portends Rocky Future

Optimistic Saudi Bond Pricing Portends Rocky Future

After oil plummeted from prices of 100 USD to record lows below 30 USD, the Saudi Arabian government is wary of being left with 70 years worth of oil reserves, as this could render the sovereign country dead in the water. Bearing the heavy shackles of oil prices would sink the heavily oil-dependent country into...
Where Has Al-Qaeda Gone?

Where Has Al-Qaeda Gone?

It would not be an overstatement to argue that 9/11 is one of the worst terrorist attacks in living memory, enhanced by the presence of 24/7 news that beamed horrifying images of the attack onto the TV screens of people throughout the globe. It catapulted the perpetrators, al-Qaeda, into the spotlight. Images of the group’s...
Moving closer to war: Is Israel about to give up its policy of non-interference in Syria?

Moving closer to war: Is Israel about to give up its policy of non-interference in Syria?

Is it not strange that in all the debates, the ramblings, the serious political commentary, thoughtful academic analysis and shoot-from-the-hip barbershop talk on the Syrian Civil War, that barely anyone brings up Israel? A brief look into the history books tells us the state, surrounded by the West Bank and Mediterranean Sea, has been a...
Ozymandias Revisited

Ozymandias Revisited

The Egyptian people have many reasons to be proud. Theirs is a history as rich as any other, and richer still. From Egypt’s earliest beginnings as a cradle of civilization to the modern day, the nation has flourished because of its people’s mastery of the land. In Ancient times, an empire arose within the Nile...
The March on Mosul: A Battle for Hope and Influence

The March on Mosul: A Battle for Hope and Influence

A cautiously united offensive presses further into the Nineveh region, liberating towns and villages as it prepares to lay siege to ISIL’s last major stronghold in Iraq. Kurdish forces and intersectional tribal militias are fighting alongside an ever-improving Iraqi army in a joint effort to reclaim Mosul, where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed his Caliphate in...
Syria: The Crumbling Nation-State

Syria: The Crumbling Nation-State

The rulebook has been thrown out of the window in Syria. How should the West respond? It is October 2016 and the conflict in Syria has been waging for over five years. Aleppo has been reduced to piles of rubble by constant airstrikes. The United Nations (UN) has estimated that the death toll is over...
Former President of Israel Shimon Peres’ Death Compels Thoughts on Peace

Former President of Israel Shimon Peres’ Death Compels Thoughts on Peace

28 September 2016 marked a day of global mourning with the death of former President and Prime Minister of Israel Shimon Peres who passed at the age of 93. Leaders and statesmen from all over the world gathered to pay tribute to Peres and reflect on his impactful career as a leader. Leaders such as...
One Small Step For OPEC, One Giant Leap For Global Markets

One Small Step For OPEC, One Giant Leap For Global Markets

It has been a tough year and a half for oil, specifically the price of a barrel of crude in relation to the sheer volume of it being pumped from the ground. Since April of 2015, the price for crude has been declining steadily, and has subsequently been wreaking havoc on global markets and economies...
Syria Talks:  US, Russia, and the obscure complexity of the ‘Syrian’ conflict

Syria Talks: US, Russia, and the obscure complexity of the ‘Syrian’ conflict

It is relatively surprising to note, despite its large media presence and existence as an important election issue, the historically minimal response to the Syrian crisis from the United States (US) over the last five years. In fact, considering its history of intervention, US involvement up until its initiation of peace talks with Russia in...