Category: Middle East

The Petrodollar Regime is Crumbling, but How Will the U.S. Economy React?

The global energy market is undergoing a rapid transformation in favour of unconventionally-sourced oil and renewables. With this transformation comes a change in relations between the globe’s largest oil consumer and the globe’s largest oil exporter, the United States (U.S.) and…

Speak Loudly And Carry A Bigger Stick: The Implications of Trump’s Escalation of the Syrian Conflict.

President Trump’s missile strike on a Syrian military base in Homs Province to punish the Assad regime for its latest criminal chemical weapons attack is a game-changer in the politics of the Syrian civil war.  The Tomahawk missile assault was…

Getting Golan: Israeli-Levantine Tensions Reach Same Old Heights

Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s Alawite regime would not have survived the Sunni revolt that erupted in 2011 without Iran’s commitment of Revolutionary Guards and Hezbollah fighters to the battlefields in the Levant. Iran’s political, economic and military support enabled President…

Yemen has been Starving to Death

While going through one of its worst conflicts with no hope for a timely settlement, Yemen’s humanitarian situation is going downhill. A few days ago, the United Nations published a worrying statement on how  Yemen and three other countries are about…

Professor Megan Bradley on Forced Migration & The Global Refugee Crisis

MIR is pleased to present the latest video in our semester-long video series, Multiculturalism in the Age of Trump:

McGill political science and international development professor Megan Bradley (PhD, Oxford) speaks to us on forced migration and the global refugee crisis, as well as its impact on recipient countries like Canada and Turkey. Dr. Bradley is also a fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. and the author of Refugee Repatriation: Justice, Responsibility and Redress (2013).

Video Production:
Kate Chamberlin (videography)
Ipek Ertan (editing)
Ben Aloi (interview)

Dr. Feelbad: The Terrible Trend of Bombing Hospitals

As any reader familiar with apocalyptic fiction would know, crimes against humanity are the norm in war. In the books and movies that define the genre, hospitals are bombed, scores of refugees pour from decimated provinces, and civilians are indiscriminately…

Are All Refugees Treated Equally?

With the summer months looming ahead, many of us imagine being on a beach with the scorching sun on our backs, calmly erasing any stress from the previous year. For others, a much darker reality lies ahead. The same water,…

Adnan Tanrıverdi and the Ascent of Turkey’s Hardliners

In August 2016, as branches of the Turkish government faced significant restructuring following July’s botched putsch, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan picked retired Brigadier General Adnan Tanrıverdi as his top security advisor. Tanrıverdi, the owner of SADAT International Defense Consultancy, has…