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The Rise, Fall, and Future of ISIS

On June 7, 2019, Posted by , In Analysis Reports,Middle East, With Comments Off on The Rise, Fall, and Future of ISIS

Written by Steven Tibbitts             The United States faces an enduring and potent threat from the Islamic State (ISIS hereafter) terrorist group. Any decrease in efforts to dismantle both the group and its ideology worldwide is likely to grant the group the minimal operational space and security it needs to…

Human Trafficking in the Middle East

On February 9, 2019, Posted by , In Information Reports,Middle East, With Comments Off on Human Trafficking in the Middle East

Written by Steven Tibbitts             One of the most persistent threats facing the world in the 21st century is the rise of human trafficking as a major form of criminal exploitation. Not only is this issue found worldwide, it is also a growing problem in the Middle East, especially as…

The Iran Deal and its Related Sanctions

On January 26, 2019, Posted by , In Information Reports,Middle East, By ,,, , With Comments Off on The Iran Deal and its Related Sanctions

By Steven Tibbitts One of the most persistent and enduring enemies of the United States is the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Formed in 1979 following mass protests against the repressive, U.S.-backed Shah, Iran’s government has proven itself to be a significant threat to both the US and…

The Rockets and the Resignation

On November 17, 2018, Posted by , In Information Reports,Middle East, With Comments Off on The Rockets and the Resignation

Written by Steven Tibbitts Fighting between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip this past week is culminating in a series of Israeli political changes that could produce another major conflict between the two sides. On November 11, an Israeli special forces team operating inside the Gaza Strip was confronted…

The Kaleidoscope of Lebanese Politics

On November 10, 2018, Posted by , In Information Reports,Middle East, With Comments Off on The Kaleidoscope of Lebanese Politics

Written by Steven Tibbitts   Lebanese politics are currently centered on forming a new government that can help Lebanon address its pressing economic issues (Perry 2018; Al-Jazeera 2018). However, the process is strongly hindered by spats on the role of Hezbollah and its affiliates in the new unity government (Macaron…