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What is Russia Really Doing in Syria?

On March 2, 2019, Posted by , In Information Reports,ISIS,Russia,Syria, With Comments Off on What is Russia Really Doing in Syria?

Written by Marren Haneberg Russia is a longtime ally of Syria, with relations dating back to the 1970s Soviet Union (Rahman-Jones). In 2015, Russia began supporting the Assad regime with weapons, air support, and ground troops. While Russian President Vladimir Putin claims the goal of Russia’s action in Syria is…

US-EU Relations and the Iranian Question

On March 2, 2019, Posted by , In Europe,Information Reports,Iran,United States, With Comments Off on US-EU Relations and the Iranian Question

Written by Sam Jacobsen Background of US-EU Relations Regarding Iran Relations between the European Union and the United States have historically been varied. The economic and defensive ties (including participation in organizations such as NATO) as well as the international prowess of the two entities have tied the nations together,…

ISIS’ Use of Social Media

On February 22, 2019, Posted by , In Information Reports,Iraq,ISIS,Middle East,Syria, With Comments Off on ISIS’ Use of Social Media

Written by Kailey Nordgran In 2013, under the leadership of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, ISIS began to study the West’s media so they could understand how best to mimic its methods of persuasion (Koerner, 2017). About a year later, in 2014, ISIS’s use of social media started, when they systematically leveraged…

What’s Next for Syria: The Repercussions of U.S. Military Withdrawal

On February 19, 2019, Posted by , In Information Reports,Iraq,ISIS,Syria,United States, With Comments Off on What’s Next for Syria: The Repercussions of U.S. Military Withdrawal

Written by Katie Munk             The United States’ plan for withdrawal from Syria creates danger for U.S. Kurdish allies as well as U.S. dominance in the region. Recently U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish militia the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) pushed the remaining proto-military ISIS fighters out of their last remaining stronghold in…

Human Trafficking in the Middle East

On February 9, 2019, Posted by , In Europe,Information Reports,Middle East,Uncategorized, 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…