The Privatization of Intelligence: The Black Cube Case

The Privatization of Intelligence: The Black Cube Case

The Black Cube case is one of many cases demonstrating the effects of ‘paying for spying’ and private intelligence companies. Media reports show private intelligence companies may take up the ‘dirty work’ of intelligence agencies to avoid responsibilities for clandestine operations to influence public policy and trade, and thus concentrate more on data collection and analysis for strategic intelligence purposes.

The Patterns of Civil-Military Relations: The Western Standards and Turkey's Experience

The Patterns of Civil-Military Relations: The Western Standards and Turkey's Experience

The tensions in civil-military relations cause a paradox. This paradox starts with the possibility of the armed forces obliged to protect the society to turn into a threat for the same society when they are overpowered. So how will the coup,causing the collapse of the legitimate political power be prevented? In other words, as the Roman poet Juenyan said, who will guard the guardians?

Humanitarian Diplomacy: A Conceptual Discussion

Humanitarian Diplomacy: A Conceptual Discussion

Considering the challenges there appears an interesting dilemma: rather than the non-state armed actors, humanitarian organizations are challenged more by the states who are mostly funding the activities. This brings about the need to invest in how to use the states to increase the leverage capacity of the NGOs. It is clear that without the permission of states humanitarian assistance cannot be possible, whether it is because of funds, or access related assertiveness. To overcome the challenges, it seems that the INGO’s need to work together.

Africa: The East Inspiring and the West Fading

Africa: The East Inspiring and the West Fading

One of the prominent indicators referring to Africa’s rising strategic importance on global scale is definitely the rise in the high level visits that African nations are getting. Non-African leaders both from the West and the East have paid successive official visits that attracted global mass media coverage during the last couple of month.

One Belt, Different Aims: Beyond China's Increasing Leverage in The Grand Maghreb

One Belt, Different Aims: Beyond China's Increasing Leverage in The Grand Maghreb

Over the last decade, the Chinese presence in North Africa generally took a more stable and growing form. By 2014, China has overtaken France for the first time in terms of investment volume in Algeria and has become its first supplier. China is the first trade partner of the African continent, the value of China-Africa trade was 128 billion dollars in 2016, down from a high of 215 billion dollars in 2014, a value that exceeds the investments of other major countries such as the United States and France.

  • Human Rights
  • Muslim Minorities
  • Islamic World
The Silent Screams of Syria’s Prisoner Women

The Silent Screams of Syria’s Prisoner Women

August 30, 2018

Crimes against women consist of the ugliest face of dirty war in Syria. Being relatives of or having close relationships with the opponents against regime was seen as a sufficient reason for the imprisonment, torture, and killing of thousands of Syrian women.

Srebrenica Genocide Will Not Be Forgotten

Srebrenica Genocide Will Not Be Forgotten

July 28, 2018

In Srebrenica having witnessed the greatest genocide in Europe after World War II, 8,372 innocent Bosnian Muslims under United Nations (UN) peacekeeping force protection were slaughtered by the Serbs, just because of their religious and national identity. In addition, hundreds of women and little girls were raped during the war. Tens of thousands of people who took refuge in Srebrenica which was declared as a "safe zone" were forcibly removed from the city.


Marawi: A City of Ruins Waiting to Be Reborn

Marawi: A City of Ruins Waiting to Be Reborn

June 8, 2018

Marawi is the oldest Muslim city in the Philippines. With its historical monuments and buildings, Marawi is a venerable place by the Muslims of Mindanao as the Mecca of Philippines. The city also was the only recognized “Islamic City of Philippines”. Marawi having a high number of madrasas was famous for being an educational center for Muslims. 

Myanmar's Conundrum: Rohingya

Myanmar's Conundrum: Rohingya

May 14, 2018

The latest operations in the regions where Rohingyas live infer that the ongoing process started in 2012 is moving towards a nonrecoverable point. The exclusion that the Rohingyas have been going through as of this date evokes itself in a harsh and bloody way in both political and social sense. Today's developments and the period as of the 2015 elections have become a sheer tragedy which the world cannot ignore in which the people in Arakan continue to lose their lives, lands, and futures.


One Belt, Different Aims: Beyond China's Increasing Leverage in The Grand Maghreb

One Belt, Different Aims: Beyond China's Increasing Leverage in The Grand Maghreb

October 4, 2018

Over the last decade, the Chinese presence in North Africa generally took a more stable and growing form. By 2014, China has overtaken France for the first time in terms of investment volume in Algeria and has become its first supplier. China is the first trade partner of the African continent, the value of China-Africa trade was 128 billion dollars in 2016, down from a high of 215 billion dollars in 2014, a value that exceeds the investments of other major countries such as the United States and France.

Why Algeria is Arming Itself Militarily?

Why Algeria is Arming Itself Militarily?

September 10, 2018

In the last few years, Algeria has managed to maintain the first rank of the most armed country in the African continent, as the rate of weapons import is about 52% of the arms imported by the entire continent. This comes at a time when Algeria witnesses an internal security and stability situation that may not justify such a huge armament, in turn, the country having deep social problems at all sectors needs an allocation of huge financial budgets similar to those spent on weapons.


  • Humanitarian Diplomacy
  • Humanitarian Relief
  • War and Conflict
Humanitarian Diplomacy: A Conceptual Discussion

Humanitarian Diplomacy: A Conceptual Discussion

October 23, 2018

Considering the challenges there appears an interesting dilemma: rather than the non-state armed actors, humanitarian organizations are challenged more by the states who are mostly funding the activities. This brings about the need to invest in how to use the states to increase the leverage capacity of the NGOs. It is clear that without the permission of states humanitarian assistance cannot be possible, whether it is because of funds, or access related assertiveness. To overcome the challenges,

Humanitarian Diplomacy: A Discussion

Humanitarian Diplomacy: A Discussion

May 30, 2018

The civil society organizations are more appropriate for and more flexible in humanitarian diplomacy activities than states, since the latter has many bureaucratic obstacles to overcome in order to intervene in a crisis and reach a humanitarian outcome clear of selfish political ends.

Experiences in Africa and Problem Areas from IHH’s Perspective

Experiences in Africa and Problem Areas from IHH’s Perspective

July 24, 2017

We are living in a world today where income inequality is constantly on the rise.  The eight richest people in the world control as much wealth as one half of the global population. This system that keeps promoting a sense of false security survives by creating impoverished masses. One of the biggest victims of this situation is, without doubt, the continent of Africa. Colonized for centuries, the riches of this continent were looted and the people inhabiting it were humiliated and enslaved.

Humanitarian Diplomacy: A Conceptual Discussion

Humanitarian Diplomacy: A Conceptual Discussion

October 23, 2018

Considering the challenges there appears an interesting dilemma: rather than the non-state armed actors, humanitarian organizations are challenged more by the states who are mostly funding the activities. This brings about the need to invest in how to use the states to increase the leverage capacity of the NGOs. It is clear that without the permission of states humanitarian assistance cannot be possible, whether it is because of funds, or access related assertiveness. To overcome the challenges,

The Global Food Crisis

The Global Food Crisis

July 17, 2018

Although there are quite many problems that accompanied the globalization process, the food crisis is the most important one, for it directly affects the survival of human beings. Today, the rise in food prices globally has turned into a global crisis. Stimulated by the political and economic instabilities in various regions, this situation has become even more chronic in many regions.

Remembering Mavi Marmara

Remembering Mavi Marmara

May 30, 2018

One of the most important manifestations of the Palestinian solidarity activities having been conducted in recent years is Freedom Flotilla. From all over the world, hundreds of people gathered for the sole purpose of helping the Palestinian people in Gaza by not only delivering humanitarian aid but also showing solidarity to them and drawing world’s attention.

The Patterns of Civil-Military Relations: The Western Standards and Turkey's Experience

The Patterns of Civil-Military Relations: The Western Standards and Turkey's Experience

October 30, 2018

The tensions in civil-military relations cause a paradox. This paradox starts with the possibility of the armed forces obliged to protect the society to turn into a threat for the same society when they are overpowered. So how will the coup,causing the collapse of the legitimate political power be prevented? In other words, as the Roman poet Juenyan said, who will guard the guardians?

Why Algeria is Arming Itself Militarily?

Why Algeria is Arming Itself Militarily?

September 10, 2018

In the last few years, Algeria has managed to maintain the first rank of the most armed country in the African continent, as the rate of weapons import is about 52% of the arms imported by the entire continent. This comes at a time when Algeria witnesses an internal security and stability situation that may not justify such a huge armament, in turn, the country having deep social problems at all sectors needs an allocation of huge financial budgets similar to those spent on weapons.

Fulani Pastoralists Crisis in Northern Nigeria

Fulani Pastoralists Crisis in Northern Nigeria

September 4, 2018

For the past few years, the crisis of the Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria has been the headlines of many news agencies and a topic for discussion in the public arena. The Fulani crisis has numerous factors attached to it; Religious, political, ethnic, environmental (climate change). The crisis is also not peculiar to Nigeria. It is rather a regional or even a continental crisis.