A brief thought on being a contemporary “rogue state”

In the early 1990’s the UN rid Iraq of chemical weapons. But in 2003 a US-led military campaign toppled the regime and Saddam Hussein was eventually hanged. In 2007 Libya … Continue Reading →


Syria after Ghouta: the urge to act, and the need to act wisely

According to US Secretary of State, John Kerry, there is no doubt that the ruling Asad regime is responsible for what was apparently a horrific gas attack in Ghouta, a … Continue Reading →

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The flawed logic of a Sunni vs. Shi‘a ‘civil war’

A number of recent documentary films (such as Channel Four’s Aleppo’s Children and PBS’ Syria Undercover) have highlighted the nearly unimaginable horror experienced by those afflicted by the ongoing conflict … Continue Reading →

Deadly Encounters: The Syrian Civil War and Turkey’s Foreign Policy

Last Monday was a rather eventful one; the Pope Benedict XVI resigned surprising many if not everyone; Syrian rebels seized the largest hydroelectric dam in the country inflicting a serious … Continue Reading →

Obama and Intervention: Why Libya and not Syria?

This is our first article in partnership with Brazilian international affairs magazine O Debatedouro. by Philipe Moura The 20th century witnessed the growing importance of issues regarding humanitarian intervention, leading to the … Continue Reading →


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