Tag Archives: Civil War

Bosnia’s Struggle with Islamic Extremism

  Of the parties to the Yugoslav Civil War, Bosnia was the hardest hit. Sarajevo, the capital, was once the cosmopolitan epicenter of the Balkans. Some called it the Jerusalem of Europe, as it sits that the crossroads of Islam, Catholicism, and the Eastern Orthodox Church. In the years after the Dayton Peace Accords (the agreement bringing […]

End of Syrian Conflict Depends on US-Iran Nuclear Negotiations

For the last three years, I’ve said, in private discussions, that the Syrian conflict won’t be solved until the US and Iran come to some sort of agreement on Iran’s nuclear program. It looks like one is just over the horizon–but also far enough away that it still may not happen. There are, however, bogey’s […]

Is the True Nature of the Battle in Syria Being Discussed?

Over the past week we’ve heard much about the battle raging in Syria, the use of chemical weapons there, and whether or not the US should get involved—although I must say much of that debate is based on two not so sound assumptions: the US is joining on the side of the rebels and whatever […]

Hesitant Support for Limited Strikes on Syria

Last week’s presumed chemical weapons attack on the rebel stronghold in the eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta is forcing Obama’s hand. All indicators point to Assad and his forces as the culprits, but he insists otherwise. We’ll likely never know what calculus led to Assad using chemical weapons. Regardless of what it was, his actions […]

Damage Has Already Been Done

On Friday, Iranians went to the polls and elected Hassan Rouhani as president, the only relatively moderate candidate left in the election. By all reports, the turnout was large. While not as high as in 2009, it certainly dwarfed our own Presidential election this past November. Analysts, those with a deeper knowledge of Iran—not the […]

Iran Stands to Lose in Syria

Contrary to a recent Washington Post piece, Iran doesn’t stand to gain from continued fighting in Syria. While Iran wants the Assad government to remain – so that Iran can continue to use Syria as a conduit for influence in Lebanon – Iran would have to spend unreasonable amounts of blood and treasure to defeat […]

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