Kevin Truitte

Revanchist Regimes of the New Middle East: Authoritarians on the Offensive

The modern Middle East has been wracked by chaos and instability. The hopes and aspirations of the Arab Spring and, in Turkey’s case, the liberalizing of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government, have given way to fear and discomfort. The shift in attitudes in the greater Middle East, from spirited renaissance to resignation, has…

Russia Pressures Trade and Energy Routes in Eastern Mediterranean

The Eastern Mediterranean Sea is a major strategic point of connection for international shipping and commerce. In recent years, this has drawn the attention of the Russian Federation, which seeks to reassert itself into the strategically important region. Russian military forces in Syria now provide a means to invoke a threat of military force against…

The Russian Navy and Syria: Supporting Regional Strategic Objectives

Russia is using the on-going Syrian Civil War as an opportunity to secure its strategic objectives through an increased maritime presence in the Eastern Mediterranean. In intervening in the Syrian Civil War on the behalf of the Assad regime, Russia has ensured that it will play an important role in the Levantine country and the…

Ready for Reform? CIA Presses for Internal Evolution

The U.S. intelligence community has been rocked by intelligence leaks over the past several years. The heap of classified material released by a dissatisfied soldier, Chelsea Manning, was enormously embarrassing for the U.S. government. The revelation of a covert electronic data-monitoring program by the National Security Agency (NSA) exposed by security contractor-turned-defector Edward Snowden brought…

ISIS Aims at Assad’s Supply Line East

ISIS is beginning to feel the squeeze as its forward momentum has been blunted for the first time since the seizure of Fallujah in January 2014. In response to these recent setbacks, the group has increased its push against the Assad regime in Syria, aiming to regain the offensive in the central Syrian Desert. In…

Revanchist Regimes of the New Middle East: Authoritarians on the Offensive

The modern Middle East has been wracked by chaos and instability. The hopes and aspirations of the Arab Spring and, in Turkey’s case, the liberalizing of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government, have given way to fear and discomfort. The shift in attitudes in the greater Middle East, from spirited renaissance to resignation, has…

Russia Pressures Trade and Energy Routes in Eastern Mediterranean

The Eastern Mediterranean Sea is a major strategic point of connection for international shipping and commerce. In recent years, this has drawn the attention of the Russian Federation, which seeks to reassert itself into the strategically important region. Russian military forces in Syria now provide a means to invoke a threat of military force against…

The Russian Navy and Syria: Supporting Regional Strategic Objectives

Russia is using the on-going Syrian Civil War as an opportunity to secure its strategic objectives through an increased maritime presence in the Eastern Mediterranean. In intervening in the Syrian Civil War on the behalf of the Assad regime, Russia has ensured that it will play an important role in the Levantine country and the…

Ready for Reform? CIA Presses for Internal Evolution

The U.S. intelligence community has been rocked by intelligence leaks over the past several years. The heap of classified material released by a dissatisfied soldier, Chelsea Manning, was enormously embarrassing for the U.S. government. The revelation of a covert electronic data-monitoring program by the National Security Agency (NSA) exposed by security contractor-turned-defector Edward Snowden brought…

ISIS Aims at Assad’s Supply Line East

ISIS is beginning to feel the squeeze as its forward momentum has been blunted for the first time since the seizure of Fallujah in January 2014. In response to these recent setbacks, the group has increased its push against the Assad regime in Syria, aiming to regain the offensive in the central Syrian Desert. In…