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    Book Review – ‘Islamists and the Politics of the Arab Uprisings: Governance, Pluralisation and Contention’

Book Review – ‘Islamists and the Politics of the Arab Uprisings: Governance, Pluralisation and Contention’

by Abdullah Al-Arian
Long suppressed by Arab regimes and kept on the margins of their societies, Islamist groups stood to benefit the most from the uprisings that have since been labelled the ‘Arab Spring’. Hendrik Kraetzchmar and Paola Rivetti’s new edited collection sketches the heterodox nature of these groups – complex actors inspired by as many intellectual, moral, cultural, political and socioeconomic commitments as any other […]

  • Permalink Mujahideen in the tribal areas of Pakistan, late December 1979. Source: CC.Gallery

    Beyond Sectarianism? Transnational Identity Politics & Conflict in the Modern Middle East: Pasts, Presents, Futures

Beyond Sectarianism? Transnational Identity Politics & Conflict in the Modern Middle East: Pasts, Presents, Futures

by Jessica Watkins

Sectarian violence is decreasing across the Middle East, if largely due to mass displacement and harsh settlements imposed in states emerging from conflict. Alongside this decrease, an aggressive strain of transnational sectarian politics which has gripped the region for the past few decades is abating, at least for now. But while in principle, this lull creates a […]

  • Permalink Television stations cover a press conference in Iraq. Photo: United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq, Flickr.Gallery

    ‘Pockets of Media Civicness’ in a Conflictual Political Landscape: A Case Study of Iraqi Media

‘Pockets of Media Civicness’ in a Conflictual Political Landscape: A Case Study of Iraqi Media

by Aida Al-Kaisy

In a landscape driven by political ownership and partisan media, what possibility is there for the media to fulfil its role as watchdog, calling those in positions of power to account?

The media as battlefield is not a new concept. For a strong democracy to function, the media is considered an essential spoke in the democratic wheel, a chance […]

November 7th, 2018|Iraq, Research|0 Comments|
  • Permalink Outside Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca, Morocco. Source: Alik Shahaf, Flickr.Gallery

    The Middle Eastern Health Inequality Paradox and the Gender Obesity Gap

The Middle Eastern Health Inequality Paradox and the Gender Obesity Gap

by Joan Costa-i-Font and Mario Gyori

Worldwide obesity has nearly tripled since 1975, with 39 percent of adults overweight in 2016 and 13 percent obese. Today the overweight population exceeds the underweight population worldwide, which remains true even for the majority of middle-income countries. Obesity is associated with several chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type II […]

October 31st, 2018|Research|0 Comments|
  • Permalink Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Sultan of Oman Qaboos bin Said. Source: Office of the Prime Minister / FlickrGallery

    Netanyahu’s Oman Talks Shed New Light on Israel’s Ties with the Gulf

Netanyahu’s Oman Talks Shed New Light on Israel’s Ties with the Gulf

by Ian Black

Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Oman for talks with Sultan Qaboos has shed new light on Israel’s largely clandestine links with Arab states, especially in the Gulf. The most striking thing about the trip is that it was the first by an Israeli prime minister to any Arab state (other than Jordan or Egypt, with which Israel has long […]

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