This article was originally published on March 8, 2014. Thomas D. Armstrong Recent op-eds have labeled Putin as a mastermind or a megalomaniac fool. I am of the opinion that Putin is a megalomaniac mastermind exploiting a disempowered US. However, ...

By Kira Liljegren and Piya Garg Last month, violence erupted along the disputed ⅓ of the Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan border. The recent escalation is yet another chapter in a long history of border conflict between the two countries, whose clashes are generally ...

Today in the West Bank, about 871,000 Palestinian refugees reside in UN refugee camps. Inside one of these camps, women and their children prepare a dish called Maqluba, meaning “upside-down.” The pot consists of rice, meat and vegetables and is ...

On Sept. 11, 2001, the World Trade Center was destroyed by a series of coordinated suicide attacks. The terrorist act killed 2,977 people and fatally injured over 25,000. The nation mourned, and people around the world were in a state ...

On Feb. 21, 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed his citizens about the “fundamental threats” the west poses with the expansion of NATO to Eastern Europe and Ukraine. Three days later, Putin launched his invasion of Ukraine. What started as ...

On March 4, 2022, Russian forces captured the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in southeastern Ukraine, threatening global security and undermining nuclear safety standards.  As the largest power plant in Europe and among the largest worldwide, the site has six nuclear ...

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly referred to as the Iran Nuclear Deal, was an agreement reached in 2015 by the UN Security Council and EU with Iran. The JCPOA involved lifting economic sanctions and the weapons embargo ...

As the war in Ukraine ensues, Georgia looks back to its own war with Russia. Although the 2008 Russo-Georgian War lasted only five days, the war and its aftermath impacted the rights of the Georgian people, the sovereignty of the ...

After midnight on September 13, thousands of Armenians woke up to a nightmare.  Just moments later, hundreds of phones here at the University of Southern California would be buzzing with notifications bearing the news. The nightmare, it seemed, had breached ...

150,000 civilians displaced. Over 200 prisoners of war still held in captivity, subjected to torture and abuse every day. Nearly 4,000 young soldiers dead, and thousands of fresh graves with birth years marked 2000 and above.  This is the reality ...