Serial Questions

It’s proving harder than I thought to pick up where I left off with the series about Ukraine. So in good academic tradition, I thought I’d share my struggle with you, and my research questions, so you can help me get better. In this series I attempt to answer the question: why are Russians and […]

Imminent Conflict

To be honest I can’t wait to get this series to the First World War (WW1). But I want to be thorough. So I’m going to take you from the beginning, when Zionists were buying land in Palestine to start a Jewish homeland, to the eve of WW1.* During this time, both groups, Arabs and […]

Many tragedies make a disaster

An old man told me when fighting broke out in Gaza last summer: “the international community made huge mistakes back in 1948, when Israel was created, and that’s why they’re fighting in endless loops now.” I didn’t know much about the origins of the conflict, so I believed him, on the basis that he was […]

The inevitable struggle?

The article in last week’s Time magazine¬†was quite certain of it. Iraq’s ISIS conflict was an ongoing thing between Sunni and Shi’i factions in the Islamic world. An inevitable struggle that the US and the West should never have meddled with. But is it?The evidence for that conclusion appears to be sound. Under Sunni leader […]