The Best of The International Scope in 2016

The New Year inevitably provides an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate what’s come to pass. Also, to thank the people who have shared in this forum as readers and engagers. The number of readers who have chosen to join is higher than ever and together we will continue upward.Cheers!

6 months ago The International Scope was revitalized to present the new themes  International Relations is transitioning into–out of Empire and into a new multipolar dialogue over the most fundamental practices and concepts in foreign policy; is regime change a humanitarian strategy? When and why do Great Powers clash after a lull in hostilities? Can old, seemingly forgotten narratives of history be rejuvenated in a new generation? There continues to be a great lack of attention to alternative ideas answering basic questions. As we saw at the close of 2016, more contrarian views will be labeled fake news than ever by government and establishment media.

The International Scope 2016 in review most popular posts of 2016 and subscription growth up 200%

We’ll continue to explore that and more, in 2017. Here are the articles and blog posts you’ve read most this year. If you like what you see, please consider subscribing to new posts, signing up for the email newsletter, or contributing a guest post in the new year.

Most Popular Posts of 2016

  1. Syria: Breaking the Propaganda War
  2. Why the White House Secretly Sent $400 Million Cash to Iran
  3. Turkey Invades Syria: Operation Euphrates Shield
  4. Is there Room for a Syrian-Kurdish Accommodation?
  5. Why Did the Coup in Turkey Fail? Classic Mistakes, New Realities

Janice Kortkamp and State Senator Richard Black have been fearless in their activity against American regime change efforts in Syria. It’s no surprise the photos and culminating interview from their journey to Syria are the most popular post of the year.

Image of State Senator Richard Black of Virginia meeting with President Bashar Al-Assad of Syria in Damascus

State Senator Richard Black of Virginia meeting with President Bashar Al-Assad of Syria in Damascus. Assad was articulate and soft-spoken, in contrast to the false depiction displayed in the American media.

The Iran nuclear deal was a scandal, though come to think of it #IranGate never really caught on. It went viral on social and traditional media after the public found out the real terms of the deal. The Obama administration has had fun calling themselves a “clean” government, free of scandal, but this one will continue to have an immense impact on how America approaches Iran.

Iran hostage crisis 1979 storm embassy

Iran revolution storms the American embassy. 1979

Posts about Turkey round out the top 5. The nation has gone through a startling change this year, completing breaking with the continuity of the Kemalist founders. Secularism and a multiparty system are under assault at home, and Turkey rolled the dice and waged a war south across its border into Northern Syria. This story is far from over, Turkey is finding its status in the region, as guarantor of rebels and as an outreach partner for Putin to foil America’s designs in Syria. This story is not going anywhere.

Turkish soldiers stand guard during a failed military coup

Turkish soldiers stand guard during the failed military coup

These stories are part of the zeitgeist of the Middle East and America’s role in it for 2016. All of these developments will lead to new status quos, that may last for a year or 10 years before breaking again. The International Scope will continue to cover the phenomena with opinions and content you can’t get from traditional media.

Thank you and a Happy New Year to our readers.

If you like what you see, please consider subscribing to new posts, signing up for the email newsletter, or contributing a guest post in the new year.

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