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Why is Saudi Arabia Helping Iran’s Hardliners?

January 21, 2016

By: Alexander Decina There is an abundance of Middle East analysts and experts drawn to the idea of eternal conflicts. After the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, they learned the words “Sunni” and “Shia” and decided that this “1,400 year-old fight” is the defining conflict in the Middle East, disregarding the nuance of the important issues … Continue reading “Why is Saudi Arabia Helping Iran’s Hardliners?”


The diversity of Daesh, and why it requires a multi-pronged solution

January 20, 2016

By: Rohan Khanna Though we move further away from 2015, memories of a difficult year for globalized violent extremism continue to haunt us. The persistence of religion-linked extremist violence has proven difficult to counter and comprehend, and will likely remain a pressing global issue in the year ahead. As it is surely far more difficult to … Continue reading “The diversity of Daesh, and why it requires a multi-pronged solution”


Somewhere, under the sea: maritime claims and territorial disputes in the South China Sea

January 12, 2016

By: Cheng Lai Ki The territorial disputes in the South China Sea involve the maritime claims between several sovereign states within the region.  The tension fundamentally involves Brunei-Darussalam, the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Philippines and Vietnam. Stepping into the 20th century, the world experienced the Chinese economic boom, leading to multiple actions gearing … Continue reading “Somewhere, under the sea: maritime claims and territorial disputes in the South China Sea”


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