Analysis & Opinion

  • Permalink Protests in Basra, 16 July 2018. Source: Duaa Malik, @Duaa_IQ twitterGallery

    Iraq’s Humpty Dumpty Challenge: Who can put the country together again?

Iraq’s Humpty Dumpty Challenge: Who can put the country together again?

by Raad Alkadiri

July has always been a politically feverish month in Iraq. Nevertheless, the violent protests that have swept southern Iraq over the past two weeks have been unprecedented both in scale and focus. Ports blocked; airports closed; provincial government offices sieged; and, most telling of all, local headquarters of Islamist Shi’a parties and allied militias attacked. Latest reports […]

  • Permalink Protest activity in southern Iraq, July 2018. Source: Benedict Robin-D'CruzGallery

    As Protests Sweep Iraq, are the Country’s Political Elites Running out of Options?

As Protests Sweep Iraq, are the Country’s Political Elites Running out of Options?

by Benedict Robin-D’Cruz

Chaos across the south

Over the weekend, as protests and violence proliferated across Iraq’s southern provinces, the country’s internet and phone lines went down. The government implausibly claimed there were technical issues with the fibre optic network. In reality, this was a desperate measure taken by an alarmed political elite as provincial governorate buildings were stormed, and the offices […]

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    From Revolutions to Elections: When Tribes Transform State Power

From Revolutions to Elections: When Tribes Transform State Power

by Alice Wilson

Histories of state formation in the Middle East and North Africa recount how tribes have made states, states have made tribes, and actors claiming to represent each have imagined the other as a threat or opportunity for consolidating power bases. But familiar questions about tribes and states as potential allies or rivals overlook newer questions which in […]

  • Permalink Jordanians protest in Amman, June 2018. Source: Laith Al AjlouniGallery

    The Recent Protests in Jordan and the Way Forward: Renegotiating the Social Contract

The Recent Protests in Jordan and the Way Forward: Renegotiating the Social Contract

by Laith Al Ajlouni

After massive protests took the streets across Jordan, in Amman and other Jordanian cities traditionally friendly to the government and loyal to the royal palace, King Abdullah II accepted the resignation of the former Prime Minister Hani Al Mulki and replaced him with Omar Al Razzaz.

The recent protests that led Al Mulki to resign were the […]

Tribes and Tribalism in a Neoliberal Jordan

by Jessica Watkins
This memo was presented part of a workshop organised by the LSE Middle East Centre on 13 June 2018, looking at Tribe and State in the Middle East.  

‘Tribes’ in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan have long been treated by citizens and scholars as synonymous with the ‘native’ East Bank Transjordanian population, in distinction to West Bank Palestinians who came to Jordan […]

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