The Failures of the American Counterinsurgency Against the Taliban

Written by: Ariana King In 2001, the United States invaded Afghanistan and ousted the Taliban under suspicion that it was hiding Osama Bin Laden and other al-Qaeda members after the 9/11 attacks. Eighteen years later, the United States is in the process of negotiating a peace agreement with the Taliban in which U.S. troops will…

Contentious Partnership: The U.S. Military Withdrawal from Syria

Written by: Ariana King On December 19th, 2018, President Trump announced that the United States would withdraw 2,000 troops from Syria within 30 days, claiming that the Islamic State (IS), an Islamist extremist group, had been defeated and that U.S. troop presence was no longer necessary.  This decision was met with significant domestic and international…

A Taliban Resurgence: Investigating U.S. Counterinsurgency Mistakes

Written by: Ariana King As of January 19th, U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad has individually met with all parties involved in the seventeen-year-long war that began with the 2001 U.S. ouster of the Taliban government. The Taliban is an Islamist extremist group which has imposed harsh Sharia law on the Afghan people…

Is Nicaragua Ripe for Revolution?

Written by: Ariana King Since April of 2018, President Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua has led a violent crackdown on peaceful demonstrators and members of the opposition.  Ripples of this latest wave of dissent began when Ortega announced his plan to increase social security taxes and reduce pensions.  Protesters gathered in the streets and were met…

China’s Crackdown on the Uighurs

Written by: Ariana King In August 2018, the UN received word of the potential detainment of up to one million Uighur and non-Uighur Muslims in the northwestern province of Xinjiang, China.  After previous denials by Chinese authorities, as of October 2018,  the government admits to the creation of “vocational skills and educational training centres” that…