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    Book Review – ‘Assad or we Burn the Country: How One Family’s Lust for Power Destroyed Syria’ by Sam Dagher

Book Review – ‘Assad or we Burn the Country: How One Family’s Lust for Power Destroyed Syria’ by Sam Dagher

by Joey Ayoub
A powerful new chronicle of the Syrian tragedy, based on interviews with regime insiders and rebel activists, seeks to explain the Assad government’s successful grip on power and the lengths to which it will go to maintain this.

‘Assad or we burn the country’ has become the most notorious slogan associated with the Assad regime and its supporters […]

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    ‘No Friends but the Mountains’: The Toxic Legacy of British Officialdom for the Kurds after the First World War

‘No Friends but the Mountains’: The Toxic Legacy of British Officialdom for the Kurds after the First World War

by Francis Owtram

The Kurds remain a people without their own independent state, and in their recent abandonment by President Trump have again experienced the particular vulnerabilities of stateless peoples in a world of nation-states. Following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire at the end of the First World War, the lands inhabited by the Kurds were divided between three […]

Statebuilding versus Development in Palestine and Beyond

by Alexei Abrahams

Earlier this summer, Jared Kushner and the White House unveiled their much heralded ‘peace to prosperity’ plan for solving the Israel-Palestine conflict. The plan was rightly met with derision across the political spectrum for attempting to place the economic cart before the political horse, essentially front-loading a cocktail of policy fixes that are impossible to implement under […]

October 10th, 2019|Featured, Israel, Palestine|0 Comments|

Book Review – ‘Lords of the Desert’ by James Barr

by Jim Muir
James Barr has produced a worthy successor to ‘A Line in the Sand’, his masterly study of collusion, rivalry and skulduggery as the British and French wrestled to carve up the Middle East to their own benefit in the early decades of the 20th century. Here he carries forward the story, showing how the Americans, far from […]

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    The Kurdish Duopoly: The Political Economy of Two-Party Rule

The Kurdish Duopoly: The Political Economy of Two-Party Rule

by Zmkan Ali Saleem & Mac Skelton

The violence and political instability of the post 2003 era has generated a shifting set of alliances and blocs throughout much of Iraq, with the exception of the Kurdish region, which has witnessed a repeated reassertion of the longstanding norm: The region is co-ruled by a two-party duopoly under two powerful families – […]

August 28th, 2019|Featured, Iraq|0 Comments|

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