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    ‘You want freedom? This is your freedom’: Rape as a Tactic of the Assad Regime

‘You want freedom? This is your freedom’: Rape as a Tactic of the Assad Regime

Interview with Marie Forestier

In its attempt to crush the revolution and remain in power, the Assad regime has resorted to every possible tactic, from torture to enforced disappearance, and from indiscriminate bombings to the use of chemical weapons. Sexual violence against women, and especially rape, has been no exception. In a working paper for the LSE Centre for Women, Peace […]

February 14th, 2017|Featured, Interview, Syria|1 Comment|

Engineers of Jihad – Interview with Steffen Hertog

Steffen Hertog presents his new book,  Engineers of Jihad co-authored with Diego Gambetta. In the book, the authors uncover two unexpected facts about violent extremists: they find that a disproportionate share of Islamist radicals come from an engineering background, and that Islamist and right-wing extremism have more in common than either does with left-wing extremism, in which engineers are absent while social […]

March 10th, 2016|Featured, Interview|0 Comments|

Ahmad: Narrative of a Tunisian Salafist

Tweet An Exploratory View of a Field Visit to Study Salafist Youth in Tunisia Dr Aitemad Muhanna-Matar, Research Fellow at the MEC, is currently leading on a research project looking at salafist youth in Tunisia. Below is the story of Ahmad, a 30-year-old construction engineer. Ahmad is also a salafist preacher, well known in his hometown of Sfax. Aitemad met […]

Kurdish Liberation Movement in Iraq – Interview with Dr Yaniv Voller

Tweet In preparation for his talk on Tuesday 11 November at LSE, MEC research fellows Filippo Dionigi and Zeynep Kaya met with Yaniv Voller to discuss his most recent book ‘The Kurdish Liberation Movement in Iraq: From Insurgency to Statehood’. Starting from the Kurdish liberation movement in Iraq, this book analyses the concepts of sovereignty and legitimacy in international politics. Filippo […]

October 16th, 2014|Interview|0 Comments|

US and Iran: ‘More cooperation than meets the eye’

Tweet Bitter adversaries for a generation, the US and Iran now face a common enemy: the ‘Islamic State’. But, in an interview with DW, Dr Roham Alvandi argues that politics prevent Tehran and Washington from cooperating publicly. On Monday 16 October, Dr Alvandi will be presenting his most recent book ‘Nixon Kissinger and the Shah’ at LSE.   DW: What are […]

September 29th, 2014|Analysis, Interview|0 Comments|

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