Zack Bazzi

Showcasing American Goodwill in Tajikistan

For an American, Panjakent is not an easy destination to reach, nor—to be frank—is it so simple to pinpoint on a map. As with any worthy place or thing, the remote town of 33,000 in northwest Tajikistan rightly requires the extra effort. Earlier this month, I joined a US Army Civil Affairs team on the … Continued

Supporting the US Army’s Humanitarian Efforts in Lebanon

The migration of more than one million Syrian refugees to Lebanon, a country with a regular population of four million, is straining the fragile social fabric and tenuous political balance of the nation. Hosting this unprecedented number of refugees is pushing the government’s ability to provide basic services to the breaking point. Nowhere are Lebanon’s … Continued

Supporting US efforts to relieve suffering in Syria

US troops and their local partners are striving to defeat the Islamic State and ease the suffering of civilians in northern Syria. Amidst years of suffering brought on by a brutal civil war and the rise of the Islamic State (also known as ISIS), the Americans and their Syrian partners affirm their common humanity through … Continued

Turning on the Lights and Saving Syrian Lives

Last month, I wrote about our efforts to provide school supplies and educational materials for Hogir School in Kobani, Syria, in response to needs identified by US personnel. Our work made an impact on the education and lives of hundreds of girls and boys in Kobani—and it strengthened relations between our troops and the surrounding … Continued

Delivering Aid and Hope to the Remote Reaches of Lebanon

With 18 officially recognized religious communities, Lebanon is in many ways a microcosm of the modern Middle East—a land blessed with a wealth of diversity yet ever struggling to reconcile the manifest political differences that result from this demographic fertility. Perhaps no area in Lebanon represents this tension between people and their politics more than … Continued