Iran

Populism, Global Order and the Iran-Israel Nexus

by Shabnam Holliday

Recent years have seen a surge in the prevalence of populist politics globally. While there is considerable debate regarding what populism is, it is generally agreed that populists pitch ‘the people’ against ‘the elite’. Populists portray themselves as speaking for ‘the people’. Much of the scholarship focuses on how and why populism develops in a domestic political […]

April 1st, 2019|Iran, Israel|0 Comments|
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    Trump and Netanyahu: Tainted Love Furthers Self-Destructive Tribalism

Trump and Netanyahu: Tainted Love Furthers Self-Destructive Tribalism

by Brian E. Frydenborg

Great relationships tend to bring out the best, while toxic relationships tend to do the opposite. When it comes to relationships between US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Republican Party and Israel’s Likud, and Israel and America overall, we sadly find an enabling toxicity in which darker impulses are magnified in […]

February 22nd, 2019|Iran, Israel|0 Comments|
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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 […]

February 14th, 2019|Iran|1 Comment|
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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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