Ibrahim Moiz is a graduate in Political Science and History from the University of Toronto.
Decades after the bloody Hama massacre, Syrian regime head Bashar al Assad has managed to cling to power, like his father, under the averted gaze of world powers.
The narrow base from which the Taliban draws its leaders, coupled with the tendency toward oligopoly among its opponents, helps explain why Afghanistan’s leaders have hardly changed over the past two decades.
The Taliban’s challenge is to root out Daesh's Khorasan wing without sowing the seeds of another long war.
Daesh’s Khorasan wing is primarily rooted in the Pakistani insurgency, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, a series of networks quite distinct from Afghanistan’s Taliban movement.
Kabul is hesitant to antagonise the “Pakistani Taliban” lest it supports the self-styled caliphate, yet the same group poses a threat to Islamabad.
The Taliban’s new cabinet is neither inexperienced nor incompetent, but it comes from a narrow enough pool of candidates that suspicions about its inclusivity will only be put to bed if it actually is an interim, and not a permanent, one.
The Taliban’s unofficial “shadow government”, which ruled much of the Afghan periphery for some fifteen years, is an entirely different proposition to a coalition at the centre.
Taliban co-founder and second-in-command, Abdul Ghani Baradar, led the movement to its latest victory in Afghanistan. This is the story of how he got there.
Ed Husain’s latest book is another dangerous tirade by a ‘former radical’ that normalises bigoted views and contributes to the rise of the far right.
The terrorist organisation that changed the trajectory of global politics through its spectacular attack on September 11, 2001 has survived, but just.
In a career filled with complexity and contradiction, Massoud was lionised as the ‘good Muslim’ during the insurgencies of the 1980s and 1990s, an expediency that would reek of Western dissonance post-2001.
The Libyan warlord has consistently upped the ante, but only has a losing hand to show for it.
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