Monthly Archives: September 2014

The Middle East Proxy War You Didn’t Know About

In August, The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt carried out a series of secret airstrikes within Libya with the purpose of slowing down the advance of Islamist militias in Tripoli, specifically seeking to prevent them from taking over the international airport. The attacks caught the rest of the world by surprise, particularly the United States, who claimed that the

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How the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria Gets Funding

As the Islamic State (IS) continues to try and establish a Caliphate within Syria and Iraq, one must ask how IS has been able to afford fighting against Kurdish, Iraqi, Syrian, and American forces all the while maintaining a territory that spans approximately 81,000 square miles between the two countries. IS is now considered by many to be the richest

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The Media’s Impact on Ebola

Ebola has swept West Africa since first killing 23 Guineans in March 2014, stirring a sensationalist frenzy across the media, local populations, and the international community. Hospitals have closed, local health care workers have gone on strike, and aid workers have been attacked. The pandemonium generated by public fear has facilitated the disease’s spread, and can be partially blamed on

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The Key to Eliminating ISIS

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is creating a new state in the Middle East, one that shatters internationally recognized borders and has no qualms about providing a haven for terrorist groups and sending radicalized westerners back to their home countries to wreak havoc. If given the time to establish themselves, ISIS (also know as the Islamic State

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Analysis Paper: The Rising Threat of Dual-Use Biotechnology

Dating back to WWI, the international community has recognized and made efforts to prevent the spread and use of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs). Binding international agreements made with the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, the Biological Weapons and Toxic Convention, and the Chemical Weapons Convention have formed the foundation of a nonproliferation regime. But more recently, the

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Pakistan’s Protests – What they Mean and Why they Matter

One could be forgiven for missing the most recent bit of troubling news out of Pakistan these last few weeks, what with the national media’s eye currently trained on ISIS’ horrific advance through Syria and Iraq. Led by the celebrity-turned politician Imran Khan and the Pakistani-Canadian cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri, thousands of demonstrators have occupied central Islamabad for the past several weeks

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