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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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    As MENA States Grow Increasingly Repressive, Businesses Should Lead Reform

As MENA States Grow Increasingly Repressive, Businesses Should Lead Reform

by Ramy Abdu

Nine years after the so-called ‘Arab Spring’ protests swept the Middle East and North Africa, with mostly young people calling for the end of autocracy and respect for their human rights, civil and human rights are more at risk than ever. Governments across the region engage in vicious, factional wars for control (Syria, Yemen, Libya); are more […]

August 27th, 2019|Featured, Research|0 Comments|
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    Reconsidering Space, Security and Political Economy in Baghdad

Reconsidering Space, Security and Political Economy in Baghdad

by Omar Sirri

‘Lazmeen al-montaqa homa, wa ahna al-bazazeen…’
[The parties] control the area here. And we’re just the stray cats…[1]
Lina laughed when she said those words, even though she meant them. As someone who works in communications for agencies based in Karada, Lina frequents the area often. Her statement was meant to be an evocative commentary on contemporary Baghdad, one […]

August 12th, 2019|Featured, Iraq|1 Comment|

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