Tag: syrian civil war

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…

Saving Lives in a War Zone: The White Helmets

With a Nobel Peace Prize nomination and a feature Netflix documentary under their belt, not to mention the 60 000 lives they have saved, the Syrian Civil Defense (SCD), commonly known as the White Helmets, are continuing to leave a…

Israel and the Syrian Crisis

At the 15-member UN Security council, Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon urgently called on all member nations to “enable humanitarian assistance everywhere it is needed […] for the Syrians to negotiate a way out of the hell in which they are trapped.” and went even…

Negotiating with the Schengen’s Gatekeeper: Turkey and the European Migrant Crisis

Europe is experiencing a migrant crisis of tremendous magnitude, the largest it has experienced since the Second World War. According to the International Organization for Migration, since 2011 4.6 million Syrians have fled their war-torn homeland to seek refuge in…

Ahmed Davutoglu and the Transformation of Turkish Foreign Policy

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The recent terrorist attacks committed in Istanbul and in Ankara and the downing of a Russian fighter jet on Turkey’s Syrian border have heightened attention to the foreign policy decisions that motivate and led to Turkey’s involvement in the quagmire…

No End in Sight: The Syrian Conflict in 2016

Once magnificent cities now lying in ruins. Wailing mothers, holding lifeless infants to their chests. Ghastly images of starvation and pestilence. Beheadings and medieval-style siege warfare. Nearly five years and 250,000 lives into Syria’s cataclysmic civil war, such distressing images continue to…

Erdogan’s Balancing Act

As the new year unfolds, Turkey—under the leadership of Recep Tayyip Erdogan—will continue to hold an increasingly significant role within European, Middle Eastern and global affairs. Since the monumental AKP victory in the Fall of 2015, Erdogan has artfully navigated…

Should Canada welcome Syrian refugees? It’s complicated, but the answer is “Yes.”

Technically no one is responsible for sympathy or generosity. Technically, no one is responsible for accepting Syrian refugees. Yet, a world that operates on technicality is sad and unimaginable; most people want to do more than average, feel more than…