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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 […]

Saudi–Turkish Relations: Is a Rapprochement Possible?

by Umer Karim

Since October 2018, Saudi–Turkish bilateral ties have been hamstrung by the Khashoggi affair. However, some recent developments suggest that the Turkish side has tried to reach out to Saudi King Salman in a possible bid for a rapprochement with the Kingdom. Nevertheless, the Saudis do not appear to have forgotten the episode and are leveraging their economic […]

August 22nd, 2019|Saudi, Turkey|1 Comment|
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    Book Review – ‘The Justice and Development Party in Turkey’ by Toygar Sinan Baykan

Book Review – ‘The Justice and Development Party in Turkey’ by Toygar Sinan Baykan

by Gorkem Altinors
This original history of Turkey’s ruling AKP skilfully moves away from structural factors and offers an agency-focussed analysis of the authoritarian turn in Turkey with fifty in-depth interviews.

Turkey’s nineteenth local elections were held on the last day of March in 2019. Erdogan’s Islamist AKP (Justice and Development Party) formed the People’s Alliance with the ultra-nationalist MHP, whereas the main […]

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    Resilience and Relationality: the Agency of Pious Syrian Refugee Women

Resilience and Relationality: the Agency of Pious Syrian Refugee Women

by Umut Ozkaleli

Refugees go through various journeys; some leave the home country with their whole family while others leave by themselves. Some find financial and educational opportunities in the host community while others have very little access to resources that satisfy their basic needs. The growing literature on refugee resilience requires close analysis of the different positionalities that refugees […]

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    Questioning Dominant Refugee Narratives and Research Methodologies

Questioning Dominant Refugee Narratives and Research Methodologies

by Yasmine Kherfi

This is the introduction to a series of memos presented as part of a conference organised by the LSE Middle East Centre on 7–8 March 2019, titled ‘Between Institutional Resilience to the Syrian Refugee Crisis and the Resilience of Syrian Refugees’.

The term ‘refugee crisis’ is often critiqued within the refugee discourse for being embedded within a larger crisis narrative in which […]

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