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In the News

Real Target Of Erdogan's Olive Branch Could Be US Clout

quoting Fabrice Balanche via Al-Monitor
Thursday, February 15, 2018

As Turkey’s offensive against Syrian Kurdish forces in Afrin grinds on for a third week, the prevailing wisdom is that NATO’s second-largest army is getting bogged down. Critics point to the number of Turks killed in combat — at least 31 in 26 days — the swelling pile of disabled helicopters and tanks and the slow pace of Turkish advances into the hilly enclave. A veteran Kurdish politician went so far as to suggest that Afrin would become Turkey’s “Vietnam.”

Analysis and Commentary

Caligula's Wish

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

It was the spring of 1960, and a group of military officers had just seized control of the government and the national media, imposing an information blackout to suppress the coordination of any threats to their coup. But inconveniently for the conspirators, a highly anticipated soccer game between Turkey and Scotland was scheduled to take place in the capital two weeks after their takeover. Matches like this were broadcast live on national radio, with an announcer calling the game, play by play. People all across Turkey would huddle around their sets, cheering on the national team.

In the News

The Disgusting Barbarism Of Female Genital Mutilation Is Not Religious Freedom

quoting Ayaan Hirsi Alivia Daily Caller
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

In April 2017, The Times of India reported that Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, the spiritual global leader of a Shia Muslim sect called the Dawoodi Bohras, reaffirmed the mandate of female genital mutilation (katna) in a sermon carried over a livestream and repeated in a messaging app.

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Sectarianism In Syria's Civil War

by Fabrice Balanche via Books by Hoover Fellows
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Syria's sectarian fragmentation was not created when the war began in 2011; it had its genesis in an inherited Ottoman millet system whose traits were accentuated by the "divide to reign" policies of Hafiz al-Assad. The war has compelled Syrians to cling to their sectarian identities more tightly, whether out of socioeconomic self-interest or simply to survive. Examining these identities is therefore crucial to answering the most fundamental questions about the ongoing upheaval. In many ways, the Syrian conflict has been taken out of the hands of Syrians themselves, becoming a proxy war between regional and international forces that often exploit the country's divided society for their own benefit. This geopolitical study, illustrated with 70 original maps and graphics, is intended to foster a deeper understanding of the role that sectarianism has played in Syria's war.

Interviews

Kiron Skinner: Russia Retaliates After Pilot Is Killed In Rebel-Held Syria

interview with Kiron K. Skinnervia Fox News
Saturday, February 3, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Kiron Skinner discusses Russia's motivation in propping up the Assad regime as well as how to handle the North Korean situation.

Interviews

Markos Kounalakis: Nearly 200 People Have Been Killed In Afghanistan Attacks

interview with Markos Kounalakisvia CBS News
Friday, February 2, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Markos Kounalakis discusses the escalation in violence in Afghanistan and what can be done to stop the violence.

In the News

Being An Iranian Stand-Up Comedian Is No Joke

quoting Abbas Milanivia Vice
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Iranian comedian Siavash Safavi recently took the stage in Toronto to talk about time zones between Iran and Canada. “My friend always calls me at 3 AM and asks, ‘What’s the time difference between Canada and Iran, anyway?’” he said. “I tell him it’s 50 or 100 years.”

In the News

Does Iranian Activism Stand A Chance?

quoting Abbas Milanivia The McGill International Review
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

In recent years, Iran has been no stranger to political strife and friction. With the success of Ayatollah Khomeini’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, Iran transformed from a Westernized monarchy to the Islamic world’s only theocracy. Since then, the nation has been ruled by the Shiite Islamic clerical class under the leadership of the Supreme Leaders Ayatollah Khomeini (1979-1989) and Ayatollah Khamenei (1989-present). 

In the News

Egypt's Sisi Set For New Term As Presidential Nominations Close

quoting Samuel Tadrosvia News24
Monday, January 29, 2018

Egypt's Abdel Fattah al-Sisi looks set to romp to victory in a March presidential election fast becoming a referendum on his first four-year term, despite a last-minute candidate entering the fray on Monday.

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Niall Ferguson’s “The Square and the Tower”

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, January 25, 2018

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