My latest article has been published by Your Middle East and examines the implications of the Iran nuclear deal, or the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action for the region of Central Asia. I argue in favor of the deal finding that its implementation has the added benefit of salvaging US strategy in Afghanistan. http://www.yourmiddleeast.com/opinion/the-iran-deal-from-an-afghanamerican-perspective_34574
My newest article entitled, “Orientalism is Thriving,” has been published by International Policy Digest. In it I examine how the current framing of the “War on Terrorism” and our public understanding of Islamic terrorism is an endurance of 19th century imperialist and orientalist practices. I analyze the dangers of this framing and how it penetrates our public discussion in the United States. Read it here: http://www.internationalpolicydigest.org/2015/04/20/orientalism-is-thriving/
My previous article on the tragic death of Farkhunda can be found here: http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/159025
Ever since Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu flew out to Congress to wag his fingers at lawmakers and warn them against supporting the Obama approach to Iran, the country has been splashed all over the headlines. So-called experts have come out in droves to tell us what we should think but, mainly to frighten us about a country that we seem to know so little about. In America, we have an image of Iran that is stuck back in the 1970’s. We reduce representation of Iran to a country of dour and scary Imams and oppressed women. Undoubtedly, there is a lot to criticize about Iran, from its hard-line regime to its violations of civil liberties, but we also need to update our outdated ideas about the country. It’s time to see Iran as it truly is; a powerful and key player in the Middle East. Let the pundits spew out their polemic dross all they want, but let’s dispel some myths about Iran.
There is so much that is tragic about the Charlie Hebdo case. People lost their lives to senseless violence that tore at the heart of France and moved the international community. The entire situation is a maelstrom of emotions. The acts of terror are unforgivable, but as is the case in situations of great tragedy, the event itself quickly gets drowned in a storm of social forces that manipulate the conversation in insidious ways. It is the price we pay when we allow conversation to disintegrate.
Two of my latest articles have been published. The first is on ISIS and whether calling it medieval or not was accurate. It was published at openDemocracy. You can check it out here.
The second article looks at Afghanistan’s new First Lady, Rula Ghani, and the history of Afghanistan’s courageous women that she has to live up to. It was published at the History News Network. You can check it out here.
Keep your eyes pealed for more upcoming publications!
My article on ISIS or the Islamic State and the origins of its ideology has been published by Informed Comment. This website is run by renown University of Michigan professor, Juan Cole. It’s a great resource that provides scholarly commentary on current events and news. I am excited about my article joining the august collection at Informed Comment. In my article I trace the ideology behind the so-called Islamic State and how understanding that ideology is necessary for countering them. Check it out:
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The History News Network has published my article on the so-called Islamic Caliphate in Iraq set up by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria alternatively known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. My article is entitled, “The 10 Questions You Need Answers to About the Caliphate.” In the article I look at the historical background to the Islamic Caliphate, dispel some myths about the origins of the Sunni and Shia divide, examine the historical significance of this so-called caliphate and what it means for Muslims and for the United States. Everything you need to know about the situation. Be sure to check it out, like, and share! http://hnn.us/article/156280
The History News Network has published my latest article analyzing the ongoing presidential elections in Afghanistan. I examine the parallels between the current political climate in Afghanistan alongside its previous attempt at democracy under Daoud Khan. The article examines the fundamental structural problems that any newly elected president will face in Afghanistan while exploring the difficulties and ruptures in political power and sovereignty. Be sure to check it out: http://hnn.us/article/155183
A month or so ago, Syria was all over the news as the international community turned its gaze to the ongoing conflict within the Middle Eastern nation. At the time, intelligence pointed to the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government against the rebel forces. This act was considered crossing a “red line” by several Western powers and led to talks of intervention, political maneuvering, and international diplomatic scrambling. There was an uproar among the American population that pushed against any intention of intervention, no doubt a reaction kindled strongly by the memory of our intervention in Iraq with its lead up, misrepresentations, and eventual consequences. Yet for many Americans, the sudden coverage of Syria and our governments talk of intervention was the first time they had any true exposure to the situation in Syria. Today, Syria has once more taken a periphery position in news coverage and only the occasional development make it to the wider American audience. However, the situation in Syria has been going on for over two years and continues until today.