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    From Revolution to Reform: 40 Years after Khomeini’s Triumphant Return to Iran

From Revolution to Reform: 40 Years after Khomeini’s Triumphant Return to Iran

by Marc Martorell Junyent

Major historical events are very often unexpected. The fall of the USSR was a case-in-point, but something similar happened with the Iranian Revolution. The images of Khomeini coming back to Iran after 15 years of exile and being cheered by the crowd are undoubtedly some of the most iconic of the twentieth century. However, on the […]

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    Book Review – ‘Cold War in the Islamic World’ by Dilip Hiro

Book Review – ‘Cold War in the Islamic World’ by Dilip Hiro

by Simon Mabon
As the rivalry between these regional superpowers grows ever more fractious, a new book by the prolific Indian journalist Dilip Hiro seeks to explain this new cold war in its historical context. Simon Mabon finds much to admire in Hiro’s rich analysis and engrossing writing, though there is lack of engagement with the scholarly literature, depriving the reader of […]

December 19th, 2018|Book Reviews, Iran, Saudi|0 Comments|
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    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 […]

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    Understanding the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Nuclear Nationalism

Understanding the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Nuclear Nationalism

by Cameron Griffiths
As of 9 May 2018 President Donald Trump announced that the US would pull out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), better known as the Iran Nuclear Deal. With foreign policy hawks like Michael Pompeo brought in as Secretary of State earlier this year, the US is signalling a much more recalcitrant foreign policy approach […]

Iran and the SCO: A Long Political Gestation

by Jacopo Scita

The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) was founded in 2001 by China, Russia and four central-Asian republics with the declared aim of promoting a framework of effective cooperation in politics, economy, security and regional stability, among many other areas of strategic interest. In 2017, India and Pakistan joined the SCO as full members, with the Organisation then accounting for […]

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