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Iran’s Imminent Game: Steering Assad Toward an Inevitable Clash with Israel

By: Rania Kisar  After the recent American airstrikes targeted militias in Syria, Tehran found it necessary to underscore the Assad regime’s role and responsibilities in the conflict with Israel, portraying Syria as a pivotal member of the resistance axis. The Iranian narrative justifies the Israeli preemptive defensive actions by confirming Syria’s critical support for Hezbollah […]

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Iran’s Economic War: The Covert Agenda Behind Houthi Aggression, Europe Is The Most Impacted 

By: Al Moutassim Alkilani and Rania Kisar In a recent ACLS podcast, Dr. Daniel Melhem, a prominent economic researcher and Professor of International Economics in Paris, was invited to discuss the economic impact of the Houthi attacks. Dr. Melhem highlights the critical importance of the Red Sea’s Bab el-Mandeb Strait, a key maritime choke point.

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After October 7, is Jordan in Tehran’s Crosshairs?

The Hamas attack into Israel on October 7 was a shocking reminder of what it means that the Iranian regime has deployed proxy terrorist armies on Israel’s southern and northern borders. But do the Supreme Leader and his Revolutionary Guards have their eyes on Israel’s eastern border with Jordan as well? Circumstantial evidence seems to

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Countdown to Justice: How Mahmoud Hamoud’s Ordeal Illuminates the Urgency of the Upcoming ICJ Hearing on Syria

By: Almoutassim AL KILANI & Rania Kisar  With the first hearing at the International Court of Justice set for October 10, Mahmoud Hamoud’s harrowing experience in Syria’s detention centers serves as a stark reminder of the systematic human rights abuses by the Assad regime. His narrative not only exemplifies these abuses but also aligns with the

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Iran’s Expansive Reach & Deceptive Diplomacy: Examining Tehran’s Push for Control

By Catherine Perez-Shakdam Iran’s calculated expansion for regional control, employing various proxies such as Hezbollah in Lebanon, or the Houthis in Yemen, while simultaneously running deceptive diplomatic channels, presents an urgent and complex challenge to both regional stability and U.S. strategic interests. As the Islamic Republic continues to extend its sphere of influence into new fronts

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Syria Exclusive: Escalating Tensions, Complex Dynamics, and Unpredictable Outcomes

(August 27 – September 8, 2023) By Rania Kisar Updated: September 8, 2023   Following the visit of Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller and U.S. Central Command Commander General Michael Korella to Syria’s northeast on August 24, tensions have gripped the region, particularly along the eastern bank of the Euphrates River.  The Syrian

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Putin’s Geopolitical Chess: Exposing Russia’s Allure and Ambitions in Africa

Putin’s Geopolitical Chess: Exposing Russia’s Allure and Ambitions in Africa By Rania Kisar After losing the military advantage in the Ukraine war, Vladimir Putin seeks new avenues to exert influence over his Western opponents. In this intricate geopolitical chess game, North and Central Africa have transformed into critical strategic chessboard pieces for the Russian leader.  

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What is the U.S. strategy in Iraq, and what common goals do they have

What is the U.S. strategy in Iraq, and what common goals do they have?

Dr. Saman Shali, Political Analyst Since September 11, 2001, and the attacks on the Twin Trade Towers in New York City, U.S. foreign policy has shifted from the traditional post-World War II Cold War to an open war on terrorism. It started with the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq as bases of terrorism. After spending

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Dear “Civilized West”:  to Reduce the Waves of Refugees, Stop Supporting Despots

Dr. Muhydin Lazikani Today’s world is in a constant state of flux, as it has been throughout history. However, the movement of this century differs not only in its scale but also because borders and visa regulations have become stricter, and the barriers between nations have grown taller. The primary factors contributing to these changes

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Canada and The Netherlands Versus the Assad Regime in The Hague: Where Will it Lead?

By: Al Moutassim Al KilaniInternational and Human Rights Law Expert & Researcher at the American Center for Levant Studies in Washington, D.C. On 8 June, the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Canada submitted a formal action against the Syrian Arab Republic in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague. The Dutch-Canadian complaint is

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Al kilani: Lebanese Government Violates its Obligations towards International Human Rights Law.

ALMOUTASSIM AL KILANI, a specialist in international criminal law, and attorney M. Nabil El Halabi, on Alhurra TV, discussed the forced deportation and forced return of Syrian refugees to Lebanon, and the violations by the Lebanese government of international law and conventions. They also discussed the Lebanese government’s plan to return 15,000 Syrian refugees per

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