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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 Wang Yi, China's Foreign Minister at the Supporting Syria conference, 2016. Source: Adam Brown/Crown CopyrightGallery

    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 […]

The Syrian Civil War: What Role do Tribal Loyalties Play?

by Haian Dukhan
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.  

Since the beginning of the Syrian uprising that erupted in 2011, most research has tended to focus on the resurgence of sectarianism and extremism, whereas the resurgence of tribalism has not been studied in depth. […]

  • Permalink Iranian casualties of Syrian civil war's bodies return to Kermanshah airport, 30 August 2016. Source: Farzad Menati, CC 4.0Gallery

    Saudi–Iranian Rivalry and the Impact on the Syrian Conflict

Saudi–Iranian Rivalry and the Impact on the Syrian Conflict

by Julien Barnes-Dacey
This memo was presented part of a workshop organised by the LSE Middle East Centre looking at the Saudi–Iran rivalry in the region on 7 May 2018. 

Syria’s devastating seven-year conflict began on the basis of strong domestic grievances against the authoritarian Assad rule and local factors have always been key to shaping events on the ground. However, the conflict also quickly assumed an […]

June 22nd, 2018|Analysis, Iran, Saudi, Syria|1 Comment|

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