Analysis & Opinion

  • Permalink In the mountains east of the Jordan River, a patrol from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, early 1969. Source: LOOK Magazine, May 13, 1969. p.27 (now public domain)Gallery

    Can Violence be Moral? Revisiting Fanon on Violence in The Wretched of the Earth

Can Violence be Moral? Revisiting Fanon on Violence in The Wretched of the Earth

by Muneerah Ab Razak

In our attempts to understand violence in the Middle East, utilising the theoretical framework of queer international relations (IR) theory and Fanon’s theory of violence can be useful in placing these actors in their appropriate temporal contexts, instead of judging their actions (including violence) in isolation.

In May 2017, US President Donald Trump spoke in Riyadh, where he […]

  • Permalink Agricultural terrace cultivation in the Haraz Mountain region (Jabal Haraz) of Yemen, 21 April 2014. Credit: Rod Waddington, Flickr (https://www.flickr.com/photos/rod_waddington/13947870691)Gallery

    The Once Happy Land: Economic prospects for Yemen after the War

The Once Happy Land: Economic prospects for Yemen after the War

Yemen is a country with a lot of potential for growth and development. Once referred to as simply ‘The Happy Land’ (or Arabia Felix in Latin), Yemen was actually richer than its neighbours. But even many generations later, that society, which was largely self-reliant and self-sufficient, has not completely faded into history. In fact, the current failed state situation […]

  • Permalink Protests in Yemen's Mahra region vs Prime Minister Bin Daghr's visit, 18 September 2017. Credit: Dr Elisabeth Kendall https://twitter.com/dr_e_kendall/status/910207376049008640Gallery

    Emiratis, Omanis, Saudis: the rising competition for Yemen’s Al Mahra

Emiratis, Omanis, Saudis: the rising competition for Yemen’s Al Mahra

by Eleonora Ardemagni

Al Mahra is one of the most remote regions of Yemen; it has so far not been reached by the civil war, nor has it been infiltrated by jihadi groups. However, regional powers, namely the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Oman, are attempting to enhance or maintain their leverage in this governorate, as has already happened in other […]

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    Assessing the Role of Security Forces on Women in Conflict Zones

Assessing the Role of Security Forces on Women in Conflict Zones

by Antonia Mulvey

Security forces are one of the greatest sources of protection for civilians in conflict zones, but also one of the greatest sources of abuse and insecurity. Women and girls in conflict zones are often subjected to serious sexual violence with near or total impunity. It is common for internally displaced persons, refugees and asylum seekers (‘protected persons’) […]

  • Permalink Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women speaks at a panel discussion on Violence against Women: Best Laws and Policies, UN Headquarters, 25 November 2014. 
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    Women’s Access to Justice for GBV in Universal and Regional Human Rights Law

Women’s Access to Justice for GBV in Universal and Regional Human Rights Law

by Lisa Gormley

Over the past 25 years, international and regional human rights processes – political declarations, treaties, and jurisprudence – have elaborated the various principles of international human rights law which need to be respected in order to ensure women’s access to justice for gender-based violence.

The fact that many legal issues have been resolved at the level of international human […]

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