Middle East & North Africa

Ep. 57 | Aftermath of the Azerbaijan – Artsakh War (Robert Nicholson) Nagorno-Karabakh Armenia
Ep. 57 | Aftermath of the Azerbaijan – Artsakh War

Starting on September 27, the war between Azerbaijan and the Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) resumed, and fighting ceased on November 10 with Artsakh losing most of the territory it had controlled. Here Mark Melton and Robert Nicholson discuss the war and its aftermath.

Joe Biden Peacemaker Israel Palestine
Joe Biden, Peacemaker?

Joe Biden is eager to roll back Trump-era policies, but he’d be wise to continue championing the Arab-Israeli peace movement that swept the region in 2020. If he plays his cards right, he could add new Arab states to the list and maybe even get Palestinians to the party as well.

A Hot Conflict Turned Frozen in the South Caucasus, Again
A Hot Conflict Frozen in the South Caucasus, Again

At midnight Moscow time on November 10, the ceasefire signed by Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Russia took effect, ending the 2020 war on Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) in which thousands of unnecessary deaths on both sides occurred.

Pakistan Should Heed the Call of Oppressed Muslims Instead of Oppressing Its Minorities

If Pakistan takes such great lengths to “protect” Islam and its Muslim citizens, it should also seek to protect fellow Muslims abroad who are the victims of ethnic cleansing, oppression, or persecution.

Renewed Turkish Genocide of Armenians and Syriacs Continues an Alarming Trend
Renewed Turkish Genocide of Armenians and Syriacs Continues an Alarming Trend

Syriac support for Armenia is no recent phenomenon, as they are both enduring symbols of Christianity’s native presence in the Middle East. Unfortunately, Turkey targets both groups today.

To Protect Syria’s Christians, Erdogan Must be Stopped
To Protect Syria’s Christians, Erdogan Must be Stopped

Extremists are slowly extinguishing of some of the world’s oldest Christian communities, while the world remains largely silent.

Why Biden and Trump Must Confront Erdoğan in Their Final Presidential Debate
Biden and Trump Must Confront Erdoğan in Their Final Presidential Debate

In their final presidential debate, Donald Trump and Joe Biden should address US-Turkey relations and Erdoğan’s increasingly aggressive posture.

A Violation of International Law? An Analysis of the UN Report on the Drone Killing of Gen. Soleimani
A Violation of International Law? An Analysis of the UN Report on the Drone Killing of Gen. Soleimani

The Human Rights Council of the United Nations released “Extrajudicial, Summary, or Arbitrary Executions,” by Special Rapporteur Prof. Dr. Agnès S. Callamard, which holds that the successful drone strike in January killing Gen. Soleimani violated international law.

The Untold Story of Syrian Kurdish Christians

The story of Kurdish Christians and all other religious minorities in the Middle East is one of great suffering, but it is also a story of survival and great resilience. Fortunately, there is time to save northeast Syria as a refuge for these communities, but only if the international community offers immediate support.