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  • Op-Ed: Why the US is correct in re-imposing sanctions
    by Rachel Avraham on August 17, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    The Iranian regime poses a strategic threat to the entire world and thus, it is critical for the US to act against this threat. Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov once proclaimed, “A country that does not respect the rights of its people won’t respect the rights of its neighbors.”  If one carefully ... […]

  • The Belt and Road Initiative: Shaping the Narrative of a China Story
    by FPA Administrator on August 16, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    Mapping the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), one can easily get lost in the amount of information available. Hundreds of projects and nearly a trillion dollars’ worth of investments currently exist in over 60 countries. A serious analysis of each project must take into account a variety of ... […]

  • UK Consumer Debt: A cause for alarm?
    by FPA Administrator on August 15, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    As consumer debt in the UK reaches pre-2008 financial crisis levels within a new low interest rate austerity dynamic, we examine whether there is reasonable cause for concern and how the Government and Bank of England mitigate the risk. Consumer debt is an individual form of debt which is composed ... […]

  • Don’t Be Fooled by the Recent Reforms for Women in Saudi Arabia
    by FPA Administrator on August 14, 2018 at 2:30 pm

      On June 24th, Saudi Arabia lifted the ban against women driving, which was in place for over 25 years. This reform came just days after the one-year anniversary of 32-year-old Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s (MbS) rise to power. Since his ascension, the young prince has initiated widespread […]

  • Security Woes: Why Europe Must Develop Its Own Security Framework
    by FPA Administrator on August 13, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    Not since the 1950s has the need for a unified European security framework been greater. Deteriorating relations between the United States and European nations, evidenced most recently by disagreements during the G7 Summit, reflect a divergence in foreign-policy interests between traditional cross-Atlantic partners —and the end of an era ... […]

  • Questioning Water Scarcity in the MENA Region
    by McKenzie Hanlon on August 10, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    Conceptual overview What is water scarcity? At a conceptual level, water scarcity can be defined as “the lack of access to adequate quantities of water for human and environmental uses.” Attempts to measure or quantify scarcity have taken on a variety of forms from cubic meters ... […]

  • How the Ba’ath Ideology Drew the Contours of the Modern Middle East
    by Reza Parchizadeh on August 9, 2018 at 2:30 pm

      With the decline of the old colonial powers such as Great Britain and France after World War II, the Soviet Union stepped into the stage of the Middle East as the major superpower. The process was hastened through the advent of various forms of movements and revolutions for independence in ... […]

  • Continuing the Fight for the Yazidi: What Needs to be Done
    by Victoria Watson on August 8, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    In 2014, the Islamic State’s massacre of the Northern Iraqi Sinjar District changed thousands of Yazidi – as well as Christian, Shia, and other non-Sunni – lives.  Though many were able to flee quickly, those left behind would unknowingly be subject to the Islamic State’s pre-planned objectives of mass genocide ... […]

  • Revisiting Decentralization After Maidan: Achievements and Challenges of Ukraine’s Local Governance Reform
    by Andreas Umland on August 7, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    Four years after Russia annexed Crimea and Russia-backed separatists revolted against the Ukrainian government in 2014, new clashes in the prolonged conflict have caused a spike in casualties. While Ukraine continues to counter the military challenge in the east of its territory, Kyiv has simultaneously undertaken unprecedented and ever-new attempts ... […]

  • What Is the Real Story Behind the MH17 Disaster?
    by Andreas Umland on August 3, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    The official investigation of the rather obvious case of the MH17 disaster by the Joint Investigation Team has been excruciatingly slow. Already, on 17 July 2014, the day of the shooting, it was clear that this missile could have had only come from a regular Russian army unit. Who ... […]

  • Refugee Crisis on Jeju Island Reveals the Pride and Prejudice of South Korea’s Ecstatic Populism
    by Mark (Won Min) Seo on August 2, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    A sense of xenophobia is spreading across South Korea: a massive number of the G20 country’s inhabitants have begun to increasingly manifest their Choson-dynasty, tribal-mindset hostility against the 561 Yemeni refugees waiting to get their refugee status approved on the visa-free Jeju Island. Since an online petition supporting ... […]

  • Bangladesh, Please Don’t Compel Hindu Women to Wear The Hijab
    by Rachel Avraham on August 1, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    Choosing the way that one dresses is a pivotal human right.   For any woman, choosing the way that one dresses is a pivotal human right. In both the US and Israel, we pride ourselves in the fact that a woman can dress however she pleases, regardless of whether it is ... […]

  • China and India Establish “Oil Buyers’ Club” to Counter OPEC
    by FPA Administrator on July 31, 2018 at 10:30 am

        On June 11, major Chinese and Indian oil companies started a formal meeting in Beijing, discussing the establishment of an “oil buyers’ club” to negotiate better prices with OPEC countries. The chairman of China’s biggest energy company China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), Wang Yilin, and the chairman of refiner ... […]

  • Palestinian Millennial Activists and Israel’s Diminishing Support
    by Abukar Arman on July 27, 2018 at 10:30 am

        Contrary to the common perception, US President Donald Trump’s controversial decision to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem could have an unintended consequence that could profoundly alter the current, one-sided dynamic. So far, this decision has revealed to the world that U.S. is not ... […]

  • We Don’t Need Another Vietnam
    by Richard Basas on July 26, 2018 at 10:30 am

    PBS in the United States is airing an intriguing broadcast this summer: a documentary series called The Vietnam War. The viewer can take many perspectives from this documentary when comparing it to modern times in the United States and abroad. A memorable moment was when one of the ex-Marines, ... […]