In view of how U.S. policy catalyzed the early versions of terrorism, the Trump administration would do well to learn the lessons of the cold war. Abetting draconian regimes and omitting human rights considerations from foreign policy will generate more extremism than it eliminates.
The Syrian war has become synonymous with the vexing, endemic nature of geopolitics in the twenty-first century.Its birth and subsequent deviation from the revolutionary spirit of the Arab Spring is no doubt an unfortunate parody of the West’s own fall from geopolitical idealism in the new millennium.
For all of his progressive rhetoric and his detente with the West, it is worth remembering that Rouhani, as well as his Moderate faction, is at his core a conservative- a moderate and pragmatic one, but a conservative nonetheless.
If Congress and the courts continue to defer to the executive branch during the Trump administration, they will permit an expanded extra-legal war against ISIL and other terrorist groups.
The 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force is expansive, outdated and has dangerously normalized endless war.
During her time working at the United Nations, Kathleen Keene Jones developed critical early warning systems in Afghanistan and South Sudan. Now in the United Arab Emirates, she serves in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The turbulent past and present of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is driven largely by territorial disputes.