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    Trump’s Anti-Politics and the Assassination of Iran’s (now) Eternal General Soleimani

Trump’s Anti-Politics and the Assassination of Iran’s (now) Eternal General Soleimani

by Ghoncheh Tazmini

The dust has settled for the time being in the US-Iran duel. Retreating from the conflict, President Trump tweeted ‘all is well’ in response to Iran’s retaliatory strikes on US air bases in Iraq. Shortly after, Trump went back to his ‘go-to’ deterrent of choice – sanctions. Faced with the possibility of a full-scale war with Iran, Trump […]

January 15th, 2020|Iran, Iraq|2 Comments|

Iran in Iraq: Soft Power after Soleimani

by Jessica Watkins

Iran had been struggling to win over Iraqi public opinion in recent months; America’s assassination of Qassem Soleimani, the Commander of the Quds Force, could change all that.
Iran excels at nurturing paramilitary forces across the Middle East. When it comes to cultivating persuasive ‘soft power’ amongst publics more broadly in the region, however, it has a chequered […]

January 8th, 2020|Iran, Iraq|0 Comments|

Away with the System: The Arab Spring Soldiers on

by Tom Ready

A new wave of popular unrest across the Arab world has triggered claims of a second Arab Spring. The truth is that the first Arab Spring is still being played out and the underlying grievances have not changed.
At a state level, with a few notable exceptions, the political landscape of the Arab world might be characterised as […]

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    ‘Creating a Revolution is Easy, Maintaining it is Difficult’: The Iran Protests (Part 1)

‘Creating a Revolution is Easy, Maintaining it is Difficult’: The Iran Protests (Part 1)

by Ghoncheh Tazmini

Referring to Iran’s recent protests over the fuel price hike, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei inveighed that the violence was part of a ‘very dangerous conspiracy’ led by foreign agitators. Subversive elements, he argued, had failed to engineer a crisis despite the torching of 731 banks and 140 public institutions, according to Interior Ministry estimates.

In video footage, an eye […]

December 11th, 2019|Featured, Iran|1 Comment|
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    The Rise of Right-Wing Extremism in the West could be an Opportunity for the Liberals of the Middle East

The Rise of Right-Wing Extremism in the West could be an Opportunity for the Liberals of the Middle East

by Burak Bilgehan Özpek

For an intellectual in the Middle East, it is a tough business to advocate for universal values such as human rights, freedom of expression or the rule of law. Similarly, social scientists explaining the social and political phenomena based on generalisable theories and using universal terminology face harsh criticisms. This is because of the anti-universalist attitudes inherent […]

December 8th, 2019|Iran, Turkey|1 Comment|

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