How War and Weapons Trading Are Fueling the Global Refugee Crisis

Syrian refugee centre on the Turkish border (Wikimedia Commons)

by William Hartung Few would argue that the world faces a refugee crisis, but not nearly enough is being done to prevent the creation of new refugees or to help those already displaced from their homes. And while statistics can’t… Continue Reading  

How can we protect Syria’s civilians against the Damascus regime?

Syrian girls walk past the rubble of destroyed buildings in rebel-held Aleppo in 2015 (Jordi Bernabeu Farrús via Flickr)

by Gilles Dorronsoro By no stretch of the imagination does the Western bombing of Syria following the chemical weapons attack by the Bashar al-Assad regime on its people constitute a sufficient or proportional response to this crime. Nevertheless, it is legitimate… Continue Reading  

To Save the Iran Deal, the EU Should Adjust its Strategy

Negotiations over the Iran nuclear deal in March 2015 (U.S. Department of State via Wikimedia Commons)

by Eldar Mamedov With the May 12 deadline set by U.S. President Donald Trump to “fix” the Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) approaching, European Union foreign ministers failed to agree on new sanctions against Iran… Continue Reading  

Armenia’s Sargsyan Appointed PM As Protestors Declare “Velvet Revolution”

A crowd of protesters in Yerevan (Wikimedia Commons)

by Grigor Atanesian Armenia’s National Assembly voted overwhelmingly to install Serzh Sargsyan as prime minister on April 17, ignoring protestors calling for the former president to step aside. On the fifth day of demonstrations, thousands rallied in Yerevan, shutting down the… Continue Reading  

Two Sides to Congressional Engagement on Yemen

U.S. Senator and SFRC member Ben Cardin (D-MD)

by Eric Eikenberry and Will Picard The Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) held a hearing Tuesday morning on US policy in Yemen, the first such hearing in over a year. To help prepare committee members for today’s hearing, the Congressional Research… Continue Reading