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Mathew Markman
Security Consultant and Political Analyst specializing in Syria, Iraq, and the Levant. Based in the Middle East.

Entries by Mathew Markman

Containment or Eradication: What Is the United State's True Plan in Syria?

(1) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 12:49 AM

In September 2013, the United States stood on the brink of an armed intervention in Syria following the Assad regime's use of chemical weapons outside Damascus. One year later, U.S. military intervention is once again on the horizon. However, amidst the fanfare surrounding the US's march toward war against the...

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Ticking Time Bomb: Jordan's Islamists and the Rise of ISIS in the Hashemite Kingdom

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 12:35 PM

Situated between viral conflicts in Syria and Iraq, Jordan's relative anonymity may be drawing to a close. A beacon of stability in the Middle East, the Hashemite Kingdom is perpetually challenged by the need to moderate between the monarchy's pro-Western orientation and the Islamist tendencies of the country's population. For...

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From Terror to Counter-Terrorism: Radicalization in Syria and the Rising Legitimacy of the Assad Regime

(3) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 10:01 AM

Surpassing 1,000 days of conflict, the regime of President Bashar al-Assad has weathered the onslaught of a regionally supported insurgency, international isolation, and a near U.S. military intervention following the alleged use of chemical weapons. With the military support of Iran and Hezbollah and political backing of Russia, Assad has...

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Will Iran's Covert War Continue?

(14) Comments | Posted December 8, 2013 | 4:30 PM

They say old habits die hard. For Iran's elite Quds Force, the secretive external branch of the Revolutionary Guard, the habits of subversion and mafia-style revenge against the Islamic Republic's adversaries may never die at all. The actions of these self-described promoters of the Islamic Revolution may just determine whether...

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Tyranny of the Majority in Turkey

(5) Comments | Posted June 9, 2013 | 4:32 PM

In a country divided between east and west, a park in the center of Istanbul has sparked what activists are calling "Taksim Solidarity," others the "Turkish Spring." The reality is that the events in Turkey are neither. The conquest of Taksim Square on June 1 was not a continuation of...

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Syria Up for Grabs

(4) Comments | Posted November 29, 2012 | 3:03 PM

As the Syrian uprising enters into its twentieth month the embattled regime of Bashar al-Assad has begun to show signs of fracture against the weight of an increasingly organized armed opposition. Responding to Western demands and efforts from leading Islamic Sunni powers (Qatar and Saudi Arabia), the disenfranchised organizations of...

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Beneath the Rubble

(59) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 1:50 PM

Only hours ago, the Israeli cabinet approved the activation of 75,000 reservists soldiers as part of the ongoing escalation in the Gaza Strip.

For those on the periphery in the western world and across the region battling for their respective sides please do not confound this tragic situation. Beneath it,...

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