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Ashley Inman

On Egypt, Coptic Christians, and ISIS: Consequences for the Arab Republic

Egypt’s Coptic Christians are the largest group of Christians in the Middle East, and the largest group of Non-Muslims in general. But despite their wide berth and the historically important status of their community, the Copts in Egypt live troubled lives in regards to safety, security, and religious freedom. The Islamic State has made clear…

The Qatar Crisis and the Future of the GCC

Qatar is no stranger to escalation from its fellow members of the Gulf Cooperation Council. In 2014, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain recalled their ambassadors, and severed ties with the country for “meddling in international affairs”. Before that, Saudi Arabia withdrew its diplomatic corps from Qatar in 2002 until 2008 for alleged negative…

Mother of all Bombs: Women as the Best Weapon against Violent Extremism

From Nigeria’s Boko Haram, to Al Qaeda, to ISIS, one commonality that links terrorist and extremist groups is their malicious assaults on the rights of women and girls. However, while women and girls are often the first targets of terrorist organizations, and remain vulnerable to their attacks, they may also be the best weapon in…

Culture, Censored: A Look into South Korea’s State-Sponsored Blacklist

The sprawling scandal of corruption in South Korea is a complex and challenging crisis with serious implications not only for the future of Korea’s democracy, but for the personal freedom of its citizens as well. The country celebrated its ousting of scandal-ridden President Park Geun-hye this March, with hope for the future of the democracy…

Nagorno-Karabakh: Tiny Enclave, Huge Global Consequences

Nagorno-Karabakh is small, landlocked region in the South Caucasus that you’ve probably never heard of. It makes sense – the territory is tiny, mostly mountainous, and lacks lucrative natural resources. In the midst of global anonymity, its 150,000 residents are caught in perpetual political limbo as citizens of a country that doesn’t technically exist. Nagorno-Karabakh…

On Egypt, Coptic Christians, and ISIS: Consequences for the Arab Republic

Egypt’s Coptic Christians are the largest group of Christians in the Middle East, and the largest group of Non-Muslims in general. But despite their wide berth and the historically important status of their community, the Copts in Egypt live troubled lives in regards to safety, security, and religious freedom. The Islamic State has made clear…

The Qatar Crisis and the Future of the GCC

Qatar is no stranger to escalation from its fellow members of the Gulf Cooperation Council. In 2014, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain recalled their ambassadors, and severed ties with the country for “meddling in international affairs”. Before that, Saudi Arabia withdrew its diplomatic corps from Qatar in 2002 until 2008 for alleged negative…

Mother of all Bombs: Women as the Best Weapon against Violent Extremism

From Nigeria’s Boko Haram, to Al Qaeda, to ISIS, one commonality that links terrorist and extremist groups is their malicious assaults on the rights of women and girls. However, while women and girls are often the first targets of terrorist organizations, and remain vulnerable to their attacks, they may also be the best weapon in…

Culture, Censored: A Look into South Korea’s State-Sponsored Blacklist

The sprawling scandal of corruption in South Korea is a complex and challenging crisis with serious implications not only for the future of Korea’s democracy, but for the personal freedom of its citizens as well. The country celebrated its ousting of scandal-ridden President Park Geun-hye this March, with hope for the future of the democracy…

Nagorno-Karabakh: Tiny Enclave, Huge Global Consequences

Nagorno-Karabakh is small, landlocked region in the South Caucasus that you’ve probably never heard of. It makes sense – the territory is tiny, mostly mountainous, and lacks lucrative natural resources. In the midst of global anonymity, its 150,000 residents are caught in perpetual political limbo as citizens of a country that doesn’t technically exist. Nagorno-Karabakh…