Persian Posturing: Relating Religious History to Current Disputes in the Middle East

Military maneuvering and Iran are related topics. The Strait of Hormuz is a narrow waterway that connects 40 percent of oil tanker traffic through the Persian Gulf. Since 1980, Iran has threatened to mine the waterway, but the American Navy’s Fifth Fleet patrols the region from its base in Bahrain and vows to stop threats to maritime traffic.

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School of Diplomacy Hosts UN Political Affairs Officer

On April 12, the School of Diplomacy hosted Amanda Roberts, a United Nations Political Affairs Officer from the Middle East and the West Asia Division. Dr. Roberts currently sits as the acting head of the Syrian team at the UN.

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ISIS Loses Final Stronghold in Syria, Yet Retains Funds and Influence in the Region

On Saturday March 22, The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced the end of the so-called “caliphate” declared by the terrorist group in 2014. After fully liberating the small village of Baghouz in eastern Syria, the coalition of Kurdish and Arab soldiers backed by American, British, and French Special Forces said that it has officially defeated ISIS.

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