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Russia Withdraws From Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin recently announced that his military forces will be pulling out of Syria. This de escalation marks a major transition in the conflict, and, hopefully, will further push the Assad regime, opposition forces, and the international community towards a peaceful, diplomatic end to what has been an incredibly bloody civil war. However,…

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Nationalism Picks Up Steam in European Elections

As Europe hits upon another election season, it is also time to confront the growing nationalism and isolationism. In the German state of Hessen, the right wing party Alternative for Germany (AfD) averaged 13.2 percent of the vote throughout the region, while the current majority CDU received 28.2 percent and the social democrats 28%.[i] Similarly,…

A Yemeni man picks his way through rubble [Photo Credit: Khaled Abdullah/Reuters]

The Middle East’s Forgotten War

Clashes between Houthi rebels, government forces, a Saudi-led military coalition, and Al-Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula have turned Yemen into a living a war zone. Despite this, most headlines today center around conflict in Iraq and Syria, its role as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran, and the ongoing struggle between Turkey and…