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    Book Review – ‘Patriotic Ayatollahs: Nationalism in Post-Saddam Iraq’ by Caroleen Sayej

Book Review – ‘Patriotic Ayatollahs: Nationalism in Post-Saddam Iraq’ by Caroleen Sayej

by Geneive Abdo
Caroleen Marji Sayej’s meticulously chronicled study examines Ali al-Sistani’s immense influence upon Iraqi politics, all the more potent against the backdrop of the fractured state that emerged after the 2003 American invasion. Well-researched and persuasively argued, Sayej’s book avoids the pitfalls of much literature on the topic, which often misunderstands the place of religion in Arab societies […]

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    Fortress America in the Middle East: Academic Freedom at the American University in Cairo

Fortress America in the Middle East: Academic Freedom at the American University in Cairo

by Karim Maged Malak

Most participants in the Egyptian student movement, since its reawakening in 2011 and despite its recent dismemberment, know the songs of al-Sheikh Imam and Ahmed Fu’ad Negm. These were the songs that formed the chants, demands, and expressions of the student movement. Yet how many know that one of the duo’s songs targeting US President Richard […]

April 9th, 2019|Egypt, Featured|1 Comment|

Economic Development in Palestine and Beyond

by Patrick Kaczmarczyk

Recently, the Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute (MAS) has published a comprehensive study on Palestinian economic development. In this report, co-authored by my colleagues Heiner Flassbeck, Michael Paetz, and I, we explore possible solutions as to how Palestine could sustainably finance its deficits. Very soon after the Israeli elections this week, Jared Kushner, the US President’s son-in-law and senior […]

Chinese Muslims in the Era of Belt and Road

by Yuting Wang

It is estimated that there are twenty million Muslims living within the borders of the People’s Republic of China. The two largest subgroups are the Chinese-speaking Muslims, known as the Hui people, and the Turkic-speaking Muslims, or the Uyghurs. In the post 9/11 era, widespread Islamophobia and China’s growing economic influence in Muslim-majority regions have drawn both […]

April 3rd, 2019|Featured, GCC|0 Comments|
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    Strategic Territorial Targeting of Public Resources in Turkey: Local Winners and Losers

Strategic Territorial Targeting of Public Resources in Turkey: Local Winners and Losers

by Melani Cammett and Davide Luca

On 31 March 2019, Turkey will hold municipal and metropolitan elections. The polls, a test for the strength of the local level support for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), come amidst significant macroeconomic turmoil. Over the last 12 months, inflation has climbed more than 11 percent on an annual basis, while the […]

March 20th, 2019|Featured, Turkey|0 Comments|

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