Assorted Readings

Kremlin, Syria, Air strikes Assorted Readings

Kremlin to Trump: We don’t engage in Twitter diplomacy

A Kremlin spokesperson has said that Russia does not engage in Twitter diplomacy after US President Donald Trump used the social media platform to warn Moscow of imminent military action...
Assorted Readings

Hamas: Constrained or Nimble?

India may close a major defense deal with Russia as early as next week, when Indian Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will make her first trip to Moscow. The deal covers two S-400...
mass deception, western media, Assorted Readings

Western media’ and mass deception

"Gaza-Israel border: Clashes 'leave 16 Palestinians dead and hundreds injured'." That is a typical BBC headline when Israeli soldiers start killing, with coldblooded precision, defenseless Palestinians. "Palestinian officials say," they would then...
Russian, Defense Assorted Readings

Russian defense deal could put India in path of U.S. sanctions

India may close a major defense deal with Russia as early as next week, when Indian Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will make her first trip to Moscow. The deal covers two S-400...
Preventing Escalation Assorted Readings

Preventing Escalation in the Baltics: A NATO Playbook

Amid the rollout of the February 2018 U.S. Nuclear Posture Review, security analysts have understandably focused much attention on its implications for the U.S. nuclear arsenal, intra-alliance ties with key...
Lebanon, Salafi, Militancy Assorted Readings

The Sociopolitical Undercurrent of Lebanon’s Salafi Militancy

Lebanon has recently witnessed an exponential rise in Salafi militancy. While the spillover of the Syrian war and sectarian tensions in the Middle East are often mentioned as factors, the...
Gun, USA Assorted Readings

U.S. Gun Policy: Global Comparisons

Introduction The debate over gun control in the United States has waxed and waned over the years, stirred by a series of mass shootings by gunmen in civilian settings. In...
Abbas, Jerusalem Assorted Readings

Abbas: In Search of a New Strategy

The Palestinian Authority (PA) and its Chairman Mahmoud Abbas essentially “checked out” of the US-led peace process after President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. In fact,...
Trump, Russia Assorted Readings

Why Is Trump So Afraid of Russia?

The former C.I.A. director John Brennan pulled no punches on Wednesday when he was asked why President Trump had congratulated his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, for his victory in a...
invasion, Iraq Assorted Readings

Invasion of Iraq: The original sin of the 21st century

Fifteen years ago today, Iraq was cast into the abyss as the US administration under George W Bush launched one of the most destructive invasions in modern history. In his now infamous...

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