• In a region wracked with conflict, the need to provide security has often become the primary reason for the existence of many governments in the region, and the chief source of interest for foreign powers.

  • Article // Sep 26, 2014
    Wayne White
    Alongside the wave of Syrian Kurdish refugees into Turkey this month is an equally unsettling story: alarming gains by the Islamic State in an offensive against a potential ally. Syria’s Kurds carved out their own regional bastion extending west from their main base in the extreme northeast corner of Syria. For two years they have fiercely defended their lands against the Islamic State and other extremists, employing many thousands of veteran Kurdish fighters.