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Azeem Ibrahim

Azeem Ibrahim is Senior Fellow at the Centre for Global Policy and Adj Research Professor at the Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College. He completed his PhD from the University of Cambridge and served as an International Security Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and a World Fellow at Yale. Over the years he has met and advised numerous world leaders on policy development and was ranked as a Top 100 Global Thinker by the European Social Think Tank in 2010 and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

29 August 2019 04:02 PM

West’s faltering steps on path to new Iran deal

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as the Iran nuclear deal, which was agreed by the Obama administration, is interpreted as one of the great successes of American foreign policy since 9/11.

24 July 2019 04:37 PM

What is Iran hoping to achieve with Gulf confrontations?

One possible upside for Iran from the recent flare-ups in the Strait of Hormuz is that crude oil prices jumped more than 1 percent.

08 July 2019 03:58 AM

How Assad will prosecute peace in Syria

The Syrian civil war is, to all intents and purposes, over. While there remains an area in the north of the country which continues to be occupied and administered by Turkey and another larger chunk of the northeast of the country administered by a de facto autonomous Kurdish authority, none of these major remaining parties is actively waging war with another. And the main forces opposing Bashar al-Assad — ISIS and the non-ISIS Sunni opposition — have already been comprehensively defeated.

27 June 2019 03:26 PM

How the UN has failed the Rohingya

The fundamental purpose of the UN is to uphold and promote human rights for all human beings on the planet.

02 March 2019 08:28 PM

Can Mohammed bin Salman succeed in averting an India-Pak war?

As India and Pakistan are currently facing each other in the most dangerous border clashes over Kashmir in decades, the Saudi Crown Prince may be the man best placed to mediate between the two parties and broker a sustainable de-escalation.

22 February 2019 08:00 PM

Why is Russia propping up Sudan’s Bashir?

Omar al-Bashir’s regime in Khartoum has been looking increasingly fragile since popular protests erupted toward the end of last year against the dire and deteriorating economic conditions in the country.

22 January 2019 09:56 PM

Will the Taliban finally sit down with the Afghan government?

US Special Envoy to Afghanistan Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad said on Wednesday that direct talks with the Taliban “will happen very soon.”

18 January 2019 12:28 PM

Whitewashing the greatest mass murderer of our time

After 600,000 dead and 6 million displaced, nations who previously held the explicit policy of removing Bashar al-Assad and his homicidal regime are now deliberating how to reopen their embassies.

15 January 2019 09:24 PM

Engineering a historical narrative in Syria

The Syrian people who rose up against a brutal dictator and paid with their lives will simply be recast as enemies of stability.

04 January 2019 05:54 PM

Can Saif al-Islam Qaddafi become President of Libya?

There is speculation that Muammar Qaddafi’s oldest son, Saif al-Islam, will shortly announce his candidacy for the Presidency of Libya in the 2019 election. And it appears that he has already secured on important ally in this quest: Vladimir Putin.

26 December 2018 09:02 PM

Assad cleaning evidence of his crimes: No easy feat

As the war in Syria enters its final phase, a victorious Bashar al-Assad has started to clean up evidence of his brutal crimes against humanity.

15 December 2018 10:00 PM

No clear end in sight for war in Afghanistan

As the deployment in Afghanistan enters its seventeenth year it has become the longest running war in US history.

04 December 2018 10:41 PM

Coming Soon: Assad’s post victory retribution

US Special Representative to Syria, Ambassador James Jeffrey told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that US policy in Syria is “not regime change.”

29 November 2018 09:24 PM

Russia continues to show disdain for international law and diplomatic norms

As European leaders were busy discussing the particulars of the Brexit agreement, the Kremlin decided to use the opportunity to engage in some gunboat diplomacy and up the ante with Ukraine.

09 November 2018 12:25 PM

Russia gambles on Taliban peace talks

Despite the US now being on its third president and having tested various strategies under a series of highly capable generals, the Taliban continues to remain a formidable and resilient foe.