US strategic interests Central Asia

The Absence of American Diplomacy in Central Asia

Foreign Policy Concepts Editorial U.S strategic interests in Central Asia started to take shape under President Bill Clinton. America started to build diplomatic presence in then newly independent states of Central Asia. Washington established relations with the region’s young states and helped them with strengthening their governance. It offered them security assistance and helped them…

fall of Deir ez-Zor

What the Fall (WTF) ?!

Foreign Policy Concepts Editorial The relentless advances by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) against the Islamic State, or ISIS, that have led to the fall of Deir ez-Zor bring into surface an emerging landscape of the Levant. Geopolitically, the new Levant is bound to be starkly different from its pre-civil war condition. Four key factors…

Kurdish referendum

What Could the Kurdish Referendum in Iraq Spell for the Region?

Foreign Policy Concepts Editorial This month’s referendum on independence in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region can be viewed as a development impregnated with crises. Barely fresh from the defeat of ISIS, Iraq’s Kurdish leadership are betting on a long-standing aspiration that is, unfortunately, fraught with geopolitical and geostrategic challenges. The planned referendum is fiercely opposed by…