US Options on Iran

This summer has been notably characterized by a heating up of tensions between the US and its allies, and Iran. President Trump’s hardline, “maximum pressure” approach against Tehran, which dates back to his withdrawal from the JCPOA in the spring of 2018, has been firm and constant. The US has…

U.N. Assessment of Islamic Extremist Terror Threats – Europe and Africa

On August 3, 2019, Posted by , In Africa,Europe, By ,,,,,,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on U.N. Assessment of Islamic Extremist Terror Threats – Europe and Africa

By Sam Jacobsen A United Nations Security Council communication released in July warned that although the incidence rate of Islamic-motivated terrorism has declined in the last months, the terror threat is still high. The Security Council noted that while ISIL no longer has any geographic holdings, its presence in Iraq…

Syria: Ankara’s Simmering Problem

Turkey in Syria  Before the Syrian Civil War, Turkey was one of the loudest voices calling for regime change in Syria. When the fighting began, Erdoğan turned his back on any positive feelings that Bashar al-Assad and he may have still had and began supporting rebel forces (Aras 2012). Turkish…

Putin’s Intentions in Eastern Ukraine

On June 27, 2014, Posted by , In Brian Preece,Europe, By ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Putin’s Intentions in Eastern Ukraine

Moscow simply will not tolerate a Ukrainian government that is not at least somewhat malleable to Russia’s interests. If Ukraine cooperates with Russia, it is certain that the eastern revolts will fade with time. If Ukraine spites its larger neighbor, the chaos will continue. By feeding the unrest, Moscow manages to keep a hook in Kiev’s mouth, allowing it to pull their victim in whatsoever direction it so chooses.

Buying Time

On January 31, 2012, Posted by , In Europe,Middle East, By ,,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Buying Time

Recently the European Union has been building up to the implementation of “crippling” new sanctions against the government of Iran. These new sanctions were finally revealed on January 23 and their primary focus is on limiting Iran’s oil export capability. Despite the strong rhetoric, these sanctions will not truly be…