Evaluating Egypt’s Election: A Farce of Democracy

By: Yasmin Faruki, Columnist Photo by: The Telegraph Last week’s presidential elections in Egypt were a democratic sham. In the two-person contest, incumbent President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, as expected, won an overwhelming victory capturing 92% of the vote cast.[i] He faced only one challenger, Moustapha Moussa, an alleged government supporter who has stated that his … Continue reading Evaluating Egypt’s Election: A Farce of Democracy

Failing Ghouta’s Civilians: Why the International Community Consistently Avoids Humanitarian Interventions

By: Yasmin Faruki, Columnist Photo by: Reuters The Assad government’s assault on Eastern Ghouta this month has produced some of the deadliest days of the Syrian Civil War since 2013. According to the Syrian Observatory For Human Rights, between February 18 to February 23, a series of regime strikes killed more than 500 civilians, and … Continue reading Failing Ghouta’s Civilians: Why the International Community Consistently Avoids Humanitarian Interventions

What Comes After Raqqa?

By: Yasmin Faruki, Columnist Photo Credit: Al-Jazeera The recent ousting of Daesh from Raqqa by the Syrian Defense Forces (SDF) is a welcome victory for the US-led coalition, but upcoming challenges underscore the lack of a clear US strategy in Syria. As Daesh’s former de facto capital in Syria, Raqqa enabled the organization to carry … Continue reading What Comes After Raqqa?

Turkey’s Referendum Affects the Fight Against ISIS

By: Yasmin Faruki, Columnist Photo Credit: CNN.com On Sunday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared victory in a sweeping constitutional referendum that transformed the government’s parliamentary system into a presidential one. The changes are a welcome victory for Erdogan, who just survived a military-led coup last July.[i] Though 51% of the population voted in favor … Continue reading Turkey’s Referendum Affects the Fight Against ISIS

Libya Could Be the Trump Test for US-Russia Cooperation in the Middle East

By: Yasmin Faruki, Columnist Photo Credit: Middle East Eye President Trump has no issue cooperating with Russia in the Middle East. Just earlier this year, he suggested cooperating militarily with Russia in Syria, despite the fact that the United States and Russia have fundamentally different objectives in the region.[i] Though it seems Trump has backed … Continue reading Libya Could Be the Trump Test for US-Russia Cooperation in the Middle East