US-Iran Relations

US-Iran relations have grown increasingly troubled since the election of President Trump. Given the recent rhetoric from the current administration, some worry about the possibility of conventional armed conflict between the two states. Military maneuvers on both sides have postured the two nations for conflict despite some congressional efforts to…

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…

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…

Why Sudan Needs an Agreement Before Regional Powers Settle In

On July 14, 2019, Posted by , In Africa, By ,,,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Why Sudan Needs an Agreement Before Regional Powers Settle In

By Riley Madrian The constant tumult in Sudan is keeping the international community on its toes. After months of protesting and violence, the military overthrew President Omar al-Bashir in April of this year and established a transitional military council. The TMC declared there would be a two-year transitional period after…

Iranian Dissident Groups in Europe: The Increasing Complexity of the MEK

On January 28, 2019, Posted by , In Information Reports, By ,,, , With Comments Off on Iranian Dissident Groups in Europe: The Increasing Complexity of the MEK

By Sam Jacobsen             The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (Mojahedin-e Khalq), otherwise referred to as MEK, is a left-wing resistance party that aims to overthrow the current Iranian ruling regime. Born from various factions of dissident Iranian students in Tehran, the MEK has operated since the 1960s in various locations…