Syria

Rethinking Transnational Solidarities

By Nour Abu-Assab and Nof Nasser-Eddin
This blog and others in the series are based on presentations during a workshop organised by the LSE Middle East Centre on 26 February 2019.

Often, in mainstream institutions, similar to the LSE and many other universities in the Global North, voices from the margin and the Global South are only allowed to be vocalised in ways […]

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    Sexualities and LGBT Activism in the Middle East and North Africa

Sexualities and LGBT Activism in the Middle East and North Africa

by Polly Withers
This is the introduction to a series of memos presented as part of a panel organised by the LSE Middle East Centre on 26 February 2019. 

In February 2019, the LSE Middle East Centre workshop titled “Sexualities and LGBT Activism in the Middle East and North Africa” aimed to create a space for critical interventions on sexualities and approaches to activism […]

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    Book Review – ‘Assad or we Burn the Country: How One Family’s Lust for Power Destroyed Syria’ by Sam Dagher

Book Review – ‘Assad or we Burn the Country: How One Family’s Lust for Power Destroyed Syria’ by Sam Dagher

by Joey Ayoub
A powerful new chronicle of the Syrian tragedy, based on interviews with regime insiders and rebel activists, seeks to explain the Assad government’s successful grip on power and the lengths to which it will go to maintain this.

‘Assad or we burn the country’ has become the most notorious slogan associated with the Assad regime and its supporters […]

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    ‘No Friends but the Mountains’: The Toxic Legacy of British Officialdom for the Kurds after the First World War

‘No Friends but the Mountains’: The Toxic Legacy of British Officialdom for the Kurds after the First World War

by Francis Owtram

The Kurds remain a people without their own independent state, and in their recent abandonment by President Trump have again experienced the particular vulnerabilities of stateless peoples in a world of nation-states. Following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire at the end of the First World War, the lands inhabited by the Kurds were divided between three […]

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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