Tag: CIRIS

Why the killing of Qasem Soleimani isn’t war

Soleimani

Reading Time: 2 minutes Qasem Soleimani, who was the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force was killed in a US drone strike on the 3nd of January 2020. Killed with him was Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy head of the Iran-backed Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF). Soleimani was considered to be the architect of Tehran’s…

Hostilities by nationals in foreign service

Syria

Reading Time: 2 minutes Over the past few years it has become evident that both Iraq and Syria have turned into failed states. The Islamic State (IS before that ISIS) saw the opportunity and took it while in Iraq al-Maliki was consolidating his base of power. The same happened in Syria where al-Assad is fighting for his own survival. The similarities…

Brexit and populism

Brexit

Reading Time: 4 minutes This is a re-post of a blog post I did on own blog in 2016. Three years later and Brexit still hasn’t happened or has it? The one constant in Europe thus far has been populism. The word Brexit shows everything wrong with politics these days. And not just with politics and politicians but also…