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Putin’s sleight of hand in Syria

April 15, 2016

By: Peter Kirechu On March 14, Russian President Vladimir Putin unexpectedly announced the withdrawal of Russian forces from Syria as UN-sponsored peace talks began in Geneva. Putin’s withdrawal–however partial–challenged the Obama administration’s long-held quagmire sentence on the Russian role inside Syria. Putin showed that a limited military campaign could preserve the regime from collapse without … Continue reading “Putin’s sleight of hand in Syria”


The Question of Limited Intervention in Syria: ‘And Then What?’

October 26, 2015

By: Alexander Decina Given the atrocities witnessed during the course of the Syrian civil war—be it the Bashar al-Assad regime’s use of barrel bombs or the depravity of the so-called Islamic State—it is hardly surprising to hear continued frustration at U.S. and Western inaction. Some have estimated the death toll to be higher than 250,000—a number … Continue reading “The Question of Limited Intervention in Syria: ‘And Then What?’”


The Jihad Caravan: a Journey to the Roots of Hatred

August 11, 2015

By Samar Batrawi: Montasser AlDe’emeh and Pieter Stockmans, De Jihadkaravaan: Reis naar de Wortels van de Haat [The Jihad Caravan: a Journey to the Roots of Hatred], Tielt, Belgium: Uitgeverij Lannoo, 2015. 19,99 (e-book). Pages: 518. ISBN: 9789401427708 ‘I was born and raised in Antwerp. A year and a half ago I left to go … Continue reading “The Jihad Caravan: a Journey to the Roots of Hatred”


An elusive stalemate: Israel and Hezbollah along the tri-border

May 22, 2015

By Sebastian Maier: When the Israeli Air Force on 12 January 2015 allegedly carried out a sortie against a Hezbollah military convoy in the south western Syrian district of Quneitra, news spread quickly that among the victims was a prominent figure of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps Quds Force special unit, General Allah Dadi. The purported … Continue reading “An elusive stalemate: Israel and Hezbollah along the tri-border”


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