Trump is creating the enemy within

Ten years ago mentioning Hitler and the Nazis in a political debate was considered hyperbolic and in poor taste. And rightly so. Today, it has become almost passé. No less than the president of ...

Has Obama’s presidency withered the hopes of Western liberalism?

Fortune favours the bold. That is one of the most reliable lessons to learn from history, and it is especially true in politics. The last few years have also shown this to be true with astonishing ...

IS declares war on the Prophet’s covenant

Back when IS was still expanding into the multi-ethnic and religiously diverse northern Iraq, not just the Yazidis, but also the country’s 1 million Christians were some of their main targets. ...

Coup de disgrace

In Turkey, the military has had a special constitutional role throughout its modern history. Ever since the establishment of the Turkish Republic, after World War I, by Kemal Ataturk, the military has ...

Why do jihadists hate women but love pornography?

One of the defining aspects of our culture right now, though it is rarely acknowledged and discussed, is the problem of the young man. We often reflect, as a society, on the way in which our cultur ...

Turkey and Malaysia are sliding backwards

Turkey and Malaysia have long been regarded as the most developed countries in the Muslim world. Through a historic commitment to modernisation and development, they have achieved standards of infr ...

When Aleppo falls

The most remarkable thing about the current “ceasefire” in Syria, as it is teetering on the edge of collapse, is the fact that the city of Aleppo was only included in the ceasefire agreeme ...

The irrepressible myth of the Islamic Caliphate

Today, we suffer of entirely too many generalisations about Muslims. There are many reasons why this is the case, and our position in the global conversation since 9/11 has no doubt contributed to it. ...

Five reasons why Putin’s withdrawal is a stunning success

President Putin has already started withdrawing some forces from Syria. As it stands, we don’t know the extent of the withdrawal, or the timetable. As we have learned, he likes to keep everyone ...

Lessons from Putin

Does anyone really understand what the war in Syria is truly about? Many analysts working for the various governments who have a stake in the conflict seem to think they have a pretty good idea -- as ...

Azeem Ibrahim

Azeem Ibrahim is a Research Professor at the Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College and an International Security Lecturer at the University of Chicago.

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