International Relations

Analyzing GCC-Iranian Relations

By Lama Ahmad and Adam Ladhani

Although the conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran often takes center stage in the Gulf region, it may be the less publicized state relations that will determine how the power struggle in the Gulf plays out. The smaller GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) states of Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, …


Lingering Problems of Radicalisation in Tunisia

By Chris Wheeler

On December 17, 2010, Mohamed Bouazizi, a vegetable cart operator who had been harassed and beat up by the Tunisian regime, self-immolated in front of a Tunisian provincial headquarters. His act of desperation and protest set off a chain of events now known as Arab Spring.

Yet in the five years since …


Bread and Oil: The Story of Subsidies in Egypt

By Ahmed Meshref

In Egypt, subsidies are a public good and are perhaps the most important yet unsustainable weapon in a politician’s arsenal. Since their introduction in the fifties, energy and food subsidies have been the most tangible social benefits that Egyptians receive from their governments. Initiated by Gamal Abdel Nasser’s socialist policies in …


Examining the Islamic State’s Genocide

By Tyler Headley

In August of 2014, the world was stunned by the brutality and mercilessness of the Islamic State as it beheaded journalists and humanitarian aid workers. In that bloody month alone, more than 600 people were beheaded. Since then, the media has continually covered the frequent beheadings, executions, rapes, and mass-murders of …


The Flawed System of Conditionalities

By Tyler Headley

Since the most recent Nigerian presidential election, the world has watched President Muhammadu Buhari attempt to reform his government. Buhari’s endeavor is the latest attempt in a long pedigree of West African anti-corruption movements. There is little wonder why anti-corruption movements are so necessary: in 2004, the United Nations estimated that …