Iraq’s slow demise

2003: the year of living dangerously. When the problems of the Middle Eastern state of Iraq began in earnest, the United States of America invaded, Ba’athist President Saddam Hussein was ousted (then executed) and finally a seemingly endless deluge started flowing on the country. In the beginning of the Iraq War, there had been a few proposals according…

US inaction in the 1929 Middle East issue

I am going to introduce a little known fact about the United States of America and the Middle East, namely Washington D.C.’s first attempts and the beginning of almost 100 years of policies concerning Western Asia. Today’s Middle East is a confusing mess and it is possible to trace the chaos back to the days…

The Greco-Turkish animosities

Greece and Turkey have not been friend nations for innumerable years, even since the dawn of two of the oldest and most culturally advanced societies in the history of mankind, the cradles of Western philosophical thought as it is commonly understood. I assume that most of our readers know about the Greeks and the Persians; thanks…

Inside Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan is a Central Asian country of incredible natural beauty and proud nomadic traditions, most of which was formally annexed to neighboring Russia in 1876. Its inhabitants, the Kyrgyz, staged a major revolt against the Tsarist Empire in 1916, in which almost one-sixth of the Kyrgyz population was killed. The country then became a Soviet republic in…

Inside Tajikistan

The shocking progresses put in place by the Islamic State and the deadly terrorist attacks carried out by extremist jihadists in the West, especially the latest demonstration in Paris, have contributed to making the public eye’s attention almost exclusively focus on the Middle East. If, on one hand, this is a logical consequence of spread…

If there must be war, pay for it

Following the recent explosion of numerous crises in different corners of the world, from eastern Ukraine to the messy Middle East, it appears as if the United States of America is going to have a war or at least a proxy conflict every year. Needless to say, these events will cost money for they are…

Reunited and it feels so good

The Republic of Cyprus is an Eastern European state that not many academics outside of the Middle East really know much (or frankly care) about. Greece and Turkey have been contending over the third most populous and third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea for decades. Athens and Ankara fought a war in the second half of…

Is there a solution to chaos in Yemen?

It has been almost seven months since the Armed Forces of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia began carrying out airstrikes in neighboring Yemen, the Arab world’s poorest country, in order to oppose Houthis and their protected, former Yemeni leader Ali Abdullah Saleh, by reinstating the ousted president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi. Basically, the conflict represents…

A Proxy War (once again)

Many of you may have heard the term “Proxy War” being widespread to describe what is happening in Syria in the latest months, with the United States of America and the Russian Federation using other regional actors to fight their differences of opinion. First of all, it is widely advisable to define a “proxy war”…

Dirty business in Moldova

Leaving aside the self-satisfied silliness of part of the American political scene, let’s venture for a moment into the world of geopolitical reality. Frankly speaking, very few people in the U.S.A. are able to catch up the news that actually change the global reality, and what’s more, it usually happens with unspeakable difficulty due to the spread of trash…

Should Assad stay or should he go?

Bringing the mind back to the political debate raging worldwide a few years ago, a question arises: does the situation with President Bashar al-Assad in Syria strike a note? Back in those days he was caught reportedly using chemical weapons on his fellow citizens, the protesters throughout the country, and the international public went into a…

Iraq and the world of tomorrow

Over the years, decades in which I tried to understand the world geopolitics, I have written much about the Middle East and even more about Iraq. The fertile land anciently known as Mesopotamia holds a special place for me, making it the most attractive nation in the group of Western Asian countries. In the 1980’s a younger me…