15 Nov 2018

US Treasury adds Qods Force, Hezbollah officials to list of global terrorists

The U.S. has added four Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps currently operating within Iraq to the Specially Designated Global Terrorists list. The U.S. Treasury also stated that Hezbollah in Iraq is serving as a “terrorist proxy for the Iranian regime that seeks to undermine Iraqi sovereignty and destabilize the Middle East…this

Read More
13 Nov 2018

Competing Libyan governments arrive for Italy summit after December election shelved

Nearly 8 eights since NATO-supported rebels overthrew Gadaffi, Libya is roughly split into two political entities. The western portion of the country holds the seat of a government with international recognition but little control over territory, while the east is largely controlled by various armed groups, a rival government, and

Read More
12 Nov 2018

US tells China to remove missile systems in South China Sea

“China has been warned by the United States to dismantle its missile systems shield deployed in the disputed Spratly Islands chain in the South China Sea. The move, believed to be the first time Washington has directly addressed the issue, came in a statement following high-level talks at last week’s

Read More
12 Nov 2018

Finland to probe reports of Russia disrupting GPS during NATO drill

NATO pilots participating in the massive Trident Juncture NATO exercise near the Russian border lost their GPS navigation signals. According to the Finnish Prime Minister, Russia is likely to blame. While Finland is not a NATO member, it participated in the massive drill that involved around 50,000 personnel. The PM

Read More
09 Nov 2018

Seeking counter-terrorism partnership, Trump dangles removing Sudan from state sponsor of terror list

In exchange for Sudan’s cessation of internal hostilities, expanded humanitarian access, improved human rights, cooperation with North Korea sanctions, and cooperation with counterterrorism efforts, the U.S. is offering to remove its official state sponsor of terrorism designation from Sudan. Normalization of ties with Sudan began under the Obama administration and

Read More
09 Nov 2018

U.S. Flights and Russian intercepts mark a return to Cold War behavior in Europe’s skies

U.S.-Russian aviation encounters are supposed to be governed by a the 1972 Agreement for the Prevention of Incidents On and Over the High Seas, an agreement meant to reduce possibility for accidental military escalation between the two countries. This agreement was supplemented by 1989’s Agreement on the Prevention of Dangerous

Read More
09 Nov 2018

US will push back at Iran activities in region, says US envoy to Syria

In addition to the sanctions regime and other diplomatic efforts to counter Iran, U.S. Ambassador James Jeffrey has announced that it will also contest “more actively Iran’s activities particularly in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen.” Isolating efforts against Iranian activity from Russian activity and others that work with it could prove

Read More
06 Nov 2018

MS-13, Barrio 18 Gangs Allegedly Employ More People in El Salvador Than Country’s Largest Employers

“MS-13 and Barrio 18, two of El Salvador’s most feared gangs, may have hired close to 60,000 people to work as ‘lookouts, collectors and assassins,’ compared to the 20,000 Salvadorans working for two U.S. underwear companies that are considered the Central American nation’s biggest employers, according to a report citing local

Read More
04 Nov 2018

Ebola case found in new DRC area as outbreak hits 285

The ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Eastern DRC has spread to a new area, located between the two already-infected zones. The outbreak has reached nearly 300 confirmed cases as attacks on health workers by militia’s have made access and treatment of many areas nearly impossible. This security challenge remains the

Read More
04 Nov 2018

A Year After Marawi, What’s Left of ISIS in the Philippines?

It has been a year since the five-month-long takeover and siege in the Philippine city of Marawi by ISIS-aligned terrorist organizations ended. While news coverage of the event has largely ended, what has been the impact of the siege on the city? How has it impacted national politics? What has

Read More