Tag: Afghanistan

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,…

The Uri Attack and What It Means for Indo-Pak Relations

Since the independence of India and subsequent creation of Pakistan, the two nations have been perpetually in conflict. While the modern world would like to believe that it has moved past many old prejudices and sources of conflict, many points…

9/11 Families v. Saudi Arabia

The United States Congress recently near-unanimously approved Bill S.2040, or more commonly, The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA). It overrides what is known as sovereign immunity in allowing United States citizens to sue foreign governments for their involvement in terrorist…

The Year of the Black Swan: The Middle East’s Revolution, Regicide and Regime Change in 1979

The term “black swan” derives from the Latin expression “a rare bird in the lands and very much like a black swan”, a description used by the ancient Roman poet Juvenal for something extremely rare to the point of non-existence.…

Afghanistan’s Opium Solution

For fourteen years, beginning in 2001, the U.S. fought a war on two fronts in Afghanistan: one to destroy the Taliban, the other to destroy the world’s largest supply of opium. In the first case, it was initially successful in…

Weekly Roundup: February 7

The beginning of a new month, and international politics never stop moving. MIR, as always, is on top of it. Police brutality, uncaring politicians and ghettoizing walls are business at usual for the Roma of Eastern Europe. Reporting from The…

Three Brothers: The Pakistan-Afghanistan-India Rivalry

Pakistani-Afghan relations are a “complex and complicated nexus”[1] that have produced seemingly self-defeating Pakistani policies. Why has Pakistan chosen to support the Afghan Taliban, and why has it continued to do so despite the risk of perpetuating its own instability?…

The “Other War”

In his weekly, televised address from the Oval Office on September 7th, President Obama was quick to reassure the American public that his plans for Syria “would not be another Iraq or Afghanistan.” He recognized that the American people were…