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The Iranian Role in Iraq is Underreporte…

News reports tell us that negotiations have been delayed between the U.S. and Iran on nuclear weapons. But the reports divert our attention on Al Qaeda/ISIS while supporting the Shia’s diversion of US supplies and support away from the Sunnis trying to fight Al Qaeda/ISIS. The reported deaths of an…

Northern Sea Route: A Game Changer for R…

Throughout the twentieth century, we see the growing importance of oil to the growth of the global economy. In the unlikely event of the discovery of a major feasible alternative energy source, it will continue to be the most valuable commodity in the world. Countries that are born lucky with signif…

Even Among Business Conservatives the Ca…

Taxing carbon has been seen as a bad idea by business and financial conservatives for a long time. But it seems with the Paris global climate agreement on the agenda this year that opposition to carbon taxes is waning. In Canada back in 2008, a federal election was fought with a carbon tax proposed…

Turkey’s Ever Expanding ‘Helping Hand’ o…

It is well known that Turkey has expanded its soft power through international aid, which was about $3.4 billion in 2012. It is quite likely more than that now. Regarding a specific case, in September 2014, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Age…

Turkmenistan: What’s Behind Sudden Manat…

Turkmenistan rang in the New Year by dramatically devaluing its national currency, the manat, and introducing a steep levy on the price of petrol. The scale of the devaluation – comparable to the 19 percent devaluation of the tenge in Kazakhstan earlier in the year – comes as all Central Asian econ…

What's The EEU And What Are Its Chances?

Five years ago, Moscow had every reason to feel secure about its neighborhood. Ally Kazakhstan was settling in as the first post-Soviet state to chair the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Belarus had acquiesced to new oil-supply terms from Russia. And all three countries had jus…

Predictions for 2015

Making predictions or forecasts about a national or the world economy is fraught with failure. There are so many variables to consider and the data available are often inadequate and biased. But the main reason why economists are usually wrong with their forecasts and predictions is that mainstream …

Iran vs the ISIS or Struggle for Influen…

Tactics and methods of the terrorist group ISIL "Islamic State of Iraq and Levant" which are based on radical current “Takfirism” are not only poses threat for the Middle East region and the world in general, but also is a serious challenge to the national interests of Islamic Republic of Iran. This…

Methodological differences of the PKK, K…

Since the PKK was established an illegal, armed organization, it has always been revolutionary in the way it obtained its results regardless of a transformation from separate state to democratic autonomy. There was no official alternative to supersede this methodology until the People's Labor Party …

The Clash of Powers or The Dawn of a New…

“As I have said before, our two nations are trying to do something that has never been done in history, which is to write a new answer to the question of what happens when an established power and a rising power meet.” Hillary Clinton | Former Secretary of State Power in international relations …

UNESCO as an Ethno-Political Entrepreneu…

United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), more specifically the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, has recently decided that lavash is an intangible cultural heritage of Armenia or the Armenian nation. Having looked…

Anatomy of the PKK: Violence and Self-In…

It might be quite bold to say, but the PKK does not care about anything but the existence of Kurdish cantons in Syria. It cares about this much more than the lives and the future of Kurds. The PKK and its institutional industry have still not taken lessons from the violence that resulted from call…

Book Reviews

Book Review: Routledge Handboo…

Roger Mac Ginty (Ed) Routledge Handbook of Peacebuilding Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2013, ISBN 978…

Book Review: Human Security in…

Sorpong Peou (ed.) Human Security in East Asia: Challenges for Collaborative Action 2009, Abingdo…

Book Review: Formal Peace and …

Zoe Marriage Formal Peace and Informal War: Security and Development in Congo Routledge, 2013, ISB…

Book Review: The Identity Poli…

Camila Orjuela The Identity Politics of Peacebuilding – Civil Society In War-Torn Sri Lanka  Londo…

Book Review: Identity, Reconci…

Nevin T. Aiken, Identity, Reconciliation and Transitional Justice: Overcoming Intractability in Div…

Book Review: Building a People…

Alan Collins Building a People-oriented Security Community the ASEAN Way Abingdon: Routledge, 2013…

Book Review: Armed Conflict an…

In 2010, Alexander Betts argued that it no longer makes sense to speak of the “refugee regime”. Inst…

Book Review: Cultural Encounte…

Tarik Sabry’s Cultural Encounters in the Arab World: On Media, the Modern and the Everyday is, first…

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Film Reviews

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Turning to a never-ending story because of the uncertainity about the director whether to be Guillermo Del Toro or or the director of The Lord of the Rings trilogy Peter Jackson and delays due to legal actions, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Jou…

REVOLUTION: A Power Cut and the End of S…

Watching a TVseries is a great time investment compared to enjoying a movie. That is why, I feel quite picky before taking the risk of being a follower of several seasons. After watching NBC's new TV drama Revolution's trailer and reading a…

Movie Review: Khuda Kay Liye - In the Na…

The Pakistani Urdu Language Drama Film “Khuda Kay Liye (In the Name of God)”, literal translation “For God’s Sake”, is the story of misinterpretation of Islam and its backlash on the lives of people. The basic theme of this emotional 170 mi…

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