Iraq Is About To Remove the “I” From “ISIS”

The Global Coalition against Daesh announced Iraq's final offensive today: The Coalition welcomes the commencement of the Iraqi Security Forces' offensive to liberate Al Qaim district from Daesh Oct. 26. Al Qaim is Daesh’s final stronghold in Iraq and approximately 1,500 Daesh fighters are estimated to remain in the immediate vicinity. Al-Qa'im is a dusty … Continue reading Iraq Is About To Remove the “I” From “ISIS”

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The Philippines Muddies The Waters Of East Asia’s Geopolitics

Rodrigo Duterte, who famously told President Obama to go to hell, is bringing Russian trucks and guns to his country.  But the Americans aren't worried.  According to Reuters: U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim played down any U.S. concerns about Duterte’s outreach to China and Russia and noted that the United States, a former colonial power, was … Continue reading The Philippines Muddies The Waters Of East Asia’s Geopolitics

Raqqa Has All But Fallen. Here’s Where ISIS Is Going Next

From Reuters: The fighting was over but the alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias was clearing the stadium of mines and any remaining militants, said Rojda Felat, commander of the Raqqa campaign for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). A formal declaration of victory in Raqqa will soon be made, once the city has been cleared … Continue reading Raqqa Has All But Fallen. Here’s Where ISIS Is Going Next

Why Myanmar Would Gamble On Genocide

The 1961 Swedish documentary Mein Kampf ends with a lingering shot over Auschwitz.  "It must never happen again -- never again," the narrator says grimly, finishing the film.  Whether or not this is the origin of the phrase "never again" is unclear; what is clear is that by the 1960s, the Holocaust had produced a powerful human … Continue reading Why Myanmar Would Gamble On Genocide

The Next ISIS Goal? An Iran-Saudi War

How the mighty have fallen. Like the Axis of World War II, once the Islamic State stopped winning battles, it seems it could only lose them. Just what was the turning point in the battle against IS?  Was it the defeat at Dabiq, the Syrian town central to its ideology as the site of the … Continue reading The Next ISIS Goal? An Iran-Saudi War

The World Won’t Let Kurdistan Or Catalonia Come Quietly Onto The Map

Catalonia and Kurdistan couldn't seem farther away. One is nestled in the peace and prosperity of Western Europe, the other swims in the chaos of a dissolving Middle East. Yet the two independence referendums of these would-be nation states are revealing. Both raise questions about the meaning of their regional orders and have provoked pushback … Continue reading The World Won’t Let Kurdistan Or Catalonia Come Quietly Onto The Map