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Neil Hauer is a security analyst based in Tbilisi, Georgia. His work focuses on the Syrian conflict, particularly Russia’s role; politics and minorities in the South Caucasus; and violence and politics in the North Caucasus, particularly Chechnya and Ingushetia, where he conducts regular fieldwork. He previously served as senior intelligence analyst at The SecDev Group in Ottawa, Canada. He has consulted for the European Union and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on radicalization and security.

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Turkey’s Neolithic Farming Village is a Window, and a Mirror By Alexandra de Cramer - Dec 8, 2022

Archeological treasures unearthed at the Neolithic village of Cayonu, 40 kilometers northwest of modern-day Diyarbakir, in southeast Turkey, are challenging previous theories on prehistoric agrarian societies. In the process, they’re teaching us a few things about ourselves. In the early 1960s, Robert J Braidwood, an American archeologist and head of the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago, popularized a hypothesis that … Continue reading “Turkey’s Neolithic Farming Village is a Window, and a Mirror”

Twitter Saga is a Wake-Up Call for Rest of the World By Joseph Dana - Dec 4, 2022

Since the 2011 Arab Spring protests transformed the Middle East, Twitter has been a vital social media platform worldwide. From clerics to journalists, businesses and government ministries, Twitter is an information superhighway for millions of people from Bangladesh to Zambia. Elon Musk’s controversy-filled takeover of the company puts the future of “world Twitter” in question. There has been so much focus on … Continue reading “Twitter Saga is a Wake-Up Call for Rest of the World”

French Influence in North Africa Falters Amid New Global Realities By Oussama Romdhani - Dec 2, 2022

At a time when French-Algerian relations were supposed to be on the mend, Algeria’s Central Bank issued, on November 1, new banknotes which bore for the first time inscriptions in English, alongside Arabic. Politicians in Paris were not amused. They saw it as another sign that Algeria was drifting away from France’s zone of influence. … Continue reading “French Influence in North Africa Falters Amid New Global Realities”

The Eight Billionth Question By Afshin Molavi - Nov 28, 2022

The world just passed a quiet milestone, topping 8 billion people on Earth. Embedded in this demographic story is an important developmental one: We are healthier, wealthier, and better educated than at any time in human history. And yet, macro numbers offer little solace to the 800 million people who still lack access to electricity, or the roughly same amount who go … Continue reading “The Eight Billionth Question”