Why Erdogan lambasted Iraq’s Abadi

Erdogan had harsh words for Iraqi Prime Minsiter Haider al-Abadi. On the diplomatic front, the Turkish President may well have transgressed on Iraq’s sovereignty and there are legitimate question marks over the presence of Turkish troops on Iraqi soil. However, in the wider context, Erdogan has simply described the current status quo, and called out the Iraqi demands for what they …

‘Mercenaries’ are the preferred option – even for the US

The ‘war on terror’ has given rise to ‘remote control’ warfare where ‘lite’ warfare is viewed as a more effective counter-terrorism strategy than conventional forces. Increasingly private military and security companies have been commissioned with the responsibility for solving security problems in conflict areas. Private military and security companies, known as PMSCs, are private businesses that provide services in conflict …

The Paris Agreement, Backhanded Compliments & Future Issues

Beyond the ephemeral euphoria espoused by sensationalist news reports surrounding the alleged ‘binding’ international Paris agreement, the stark reality of this agreement continues to shine light on the yoke of inequality within international relations. Amidst disasters, social narratives are often guided away from the ramifications caused or exacerbated by powerful states. From 20th century Chinese, European and U.S. involvement in …

Why have the Arabs been unable to unite over Syria?

You would be forgiven for thinking that the Syria crisis, with all that makes it one of the greatest tragedies of our time, could unite the Arab countries to come together as a united front to end the crisis. After all, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the UAE and other regional powers have all declared that they will not accept a …