Seal of the Islamic State of Iraq ad the Levant. Photo source Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant via Wikimedia Commons.
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Declaring war on Islamic State will not solve this crisis

Seal of the Islamic State of Iraq ad the Levant. Photo source: Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant via Wikimedia Commons.

In perhaps the least surprising story of last month, the British Prime Minister took his country into a military campaign in Iraq. The story was not surprising because of its rich historical precedence; dating back …

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The death of Responsibility to Protect?

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In the age of global media, the disastrous events that befall the world often have very specific and shocking images that become seared into the mind and represent (at least an aspect …

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Syria, three years on: Revolution, narratives, and solidarity

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Conference Report: ‘Syria – Correcting the Narrative, Building Solidarity’, 21 June 2014, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London

Three and a half years since the beginning of the Syrian Revolution, the ongoing conflict has left on the ground more than 100 thousand victims (the UN …

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Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel

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Possibly one of the most devastating books to come out about Israel in recent years, ‘Goliath’ is the new book by American journalist Max Blumenthal. Blumenthal, who earned the reputation of a critical surveyor of right-wing politics from his previous book ‘Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement that …

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Military Might, Military Money, And Now Military Politics: Sisi’s Play for Power

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With special thanks to Professor Edward Roger Owen, E.J Meyer Professor of Middle East History, Harvard University

The BBC’s Orla Guerin aptly describes newly appointed Field Marshall Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s following as ‘cult‘ like. Thousands of Egyptians have heralded him as a saviour since he led …

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The meaning of Ariel Sharon

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The passing of Ariel Sharon, who had been in a coma since 2006, triggered news headlines throughout the world. The 85-year old leader has been described as ‘controversial’, ‘uncompromising’, ‘man-of-peace’ and a ‘butcher’, depending on the media outlet you consume. Moving beyond both narratives of …

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High price, low benefit: Middle East and Africa as French image-making tools

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CAR, Mali, Syria, two years earlier — Libya; France became initiator of the military operation in Libya, actively providing ”Arab Spring” rebels with weapons and specialists, recognizing members of revolutionary committees as official representatives of Libya and Syria, sent troops to Mali to establish peace …

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As final stage of peace talks approaches, Netanyahu must play his cards right

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton. Photo Source: European Union via Flickr.

Netanyahu’s absence at Mandela’s funeral – let alone the reason he chose to give by saying it would be “too costly” – is just the latest of a series of events highlighting the increasingly …

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Hezbollah: Syria and the Manipulation of Narrative

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A Hezbollah commander told the Guardian last week about his confidence that Hezbollah will win in Syria. But when the Guardian asked him if Hezbollah was engaged in a sectarian war in Syria he responded “It is not like that at all. They (Sunni Muslims) are the majority …

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A Stranger no Longer? Turkey and the Armenian question

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According to nationalist opponents of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, “It is very likely for the Prime Minister to go to Armenia, lay a wreath at the so-called Armenian Genocide Memorial and apologize to Armenians.” For the far right and some nationalists, recognizing the events of 1915-1918 …