Posted on December 19, 2014
When Education meets Catastrophe
In his Outline of History, H.G. Wells claimed, “human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.” In making this delineation, he overlooked the tragedy that occurs when a school itself becomes the site of catastrophe. On Tuesday, Taliban commanders orchestrated a massacre within a school in Peshawar, Pakistan, which left 148 people, 132 of them children, dead. Some have compared Tuesday’s attack to a school hostage crisis in Beslan, Russia, ten years ago, when 300 children were killed in a gun battle between Islamic terrorists and Russian forces. This brings me to the question: how can we better regulate spaces such as schools to make them safer? And, more importantly, how can we punish fundamentalist organizations that believe that the mutilation of a child’s life is an acceptable occurrence?
Nikita Malik writes for the Huffington Post.
Read the full article here.
Posted on December 11, 2014
Shalom should look closer to home for Leviathan gas
“Attempts to raise electricity tariffs a year ago sparked extensive unrest [in Jordan], causing the government to reverse its decision,” says Nikita Malik, commenting on Leviathan’s controversial gas sale agreement with Jordan’s NEPCO. “In the end, the IMF waived two key missed targets (on primary deficit and losses at NEPCO) to push through a disbursement of funds under its 36-month $2.1-billion stand-by agreement.”
Read more on Interfax Global Energy’s report here.
Posted on July 20, 2014
What to make of the ISIS caliphate?
Quoted in Middle East Policy, Nikita Malik underscores the importance of cooperation among the various actors in the Middle East region. In particular, Israel, the United States, and Jordan are keen on keeping the ISIS influence from reaching into Jordan.
Read the full piece on Middle East in Focus, produced by the Middle East Policy Council.
Posted on July 9, 2014
“I doubt internal divisions will cause turmoil as [Islamist factions] need to present a cohesive ideological front to fulfill their goal of an Islamic Caliphate,” Malik says on Blue Force Tracker.
Blue Force Tracker works to bridge the divide between military and civilian cultures by providing news and analysis of US national defence and foreign affairs issues.
Read the “The King’s Speech – Jordan’s looming battle with ISIS” by Star Allen, here.
Posted on July 6, 2014
As the Islamic State’s threat grows, Israel and Jordan seek security ties
Nikita Malik on The National. The National is a government-owned English-language daily newspaper published in Abu Dhabi.
A recent withdrawal of Iraqi forces from Turaibil, the only legal border crossing between Jordan and Iraq, has created a shaky security situation. It is Jordan, on Israel’s east and Iraq’s west, that will serve as a crucial buffer from the terrorist movements that threaten to spillover into Israel.
As supporters of the Islamic State (formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) raise their black flags over the Jordanian city of Ma’an, both Israel and Jordan are increasingly subject to the threat of the caliphate. To respond to this risk, the partnership between Israel and Jordan, co-signers of a peace agreement in 1994, is likely to strengthen in time to come.
Posted on June 24, 2014
Jordan: The Jewel in the ISIS Crown
As the Iraqi cities of Kirkuk, Mosul, and Tikrit fall into the hands of Al Qaeda-influenced jihadists, it is Jordan, nestled between Israel and Iraq, that will serve as a crucial buffer from the terrorist movements that threaten to spill over into the region. It is unlikely that Jordan’s King Abdullah II and his forces will take threats from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (commonly known by its acronym ISIS) lightly, writes Nikita Malik on the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Read the full article here.
Posted on May 29, 2014
For Jordanian forces, the careful monitoring of shared borders remains a necessary externality resulting from the Syrian civil war, writes Nikita Malik for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The main threat of manning the 370-kilometer Jordanian-Syrian border lies in identifying suspected jihadist sympathizers and terrorists.
Jordan’s lower house of parliament recently passed amendments to its 2006 anti-terror bill, providing the state the power to detain and try citizens suspected of affiliation with terrorist groups. The amendments of the bill have been controversial, however.
Read the original article here.
Posted on May 2, 2014
Nikita Malik was cited in the CFR’s Global Conflict Tracker, an interactive guide to U.S. conflict prevention priorities in 2014.
Political instability in Jordan, caused by the spillover effect of the Syrian civil war, was predicted by the Centre of Preventative Action as being highly likely to occur in 2014. This conflict was perceived as having a moderate impact on US interests.
The resulting and likely ‘spillover effect’ was a phenomenon first identified by Malik in February 2014 within a piece written for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: available to read here.