Syria

Connecting Conflict-Related Displacement with WPS

by Zeynep Kaya

The Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda has great transformative potential, and puts the gendered impacts of conflict at the centre of discussions and actions on conflict. It calls for including women affected by, or part of, conflicts in peacebuilding and conflict-resolution processes, ensuring the protection of their rights and provisions for their specific needs. Despite this, […]

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    Protracted Conflicts and Public Health: Re-thinking Geographies of Health Care Provision in the Middle East

Protracted Conflicts and Public Health: Re-thinking Geographies of Health Care Provision in the Middle East

by Yasmine Kherfi

While conflicts across the Middle East gain a lot of media traction, their broader implications on the future of health care provision across the region tend to be overlooked. Medical neutrality, fundamental to sustaining global health and humanitarian efforts, is increasingly being undermined in armed conflicts. In countries like Yemen and Syria, alongside the high human toll […]

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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 […]

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    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 […]

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    What IR theory best explains China’s reconstruction of Syria?

What IR theory best explains China’s reconstruction of Syria?

by Guy Burton

Over the past year the Syrian government has scored a number of military successes, including in the east and south of the country. By early July it had taken back control of Deraa, which had deep symbolic since it was there that the Syrian uprising began in 2011.

With the momentum on President Bashir al-Assad’s side, the media […]

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