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Just Who Are the YPG?

October 22, 2018

By Ed Nash 22 October 2018     Donald Trump recently praised what he described as the sacrifice of Kurds in the fight against ISIS across Iraq and Syria to the international press. His declaration was made shortly after the State Department removed the previous rather limited reference to the Syrian Kurdish militias known as … Continue reading “Just Who Are the YPG?”


Strife Feature | The Islamic State’s Social Contract: A ‘state’ founded on fear or freedom?

October 5, 2017

By Kierat Ranautta-Sambhi     With the Islamic State’s caliphate crumbling, many in the towns and villages on the brink of liberation fear their post-Islamic State future.  To understand why the group succeeded to such an extent and to establish a lasting end to the conflict, we must look back at how the Islamic State … Continue reading “Strife Feature | The Islamic State’s Social Contract: A ‘state’ founded on fear or freedom?”


Strife Feature | The Middle-East and the question of Qatar: Political Islam vs Secular Islam?

September 28, 2017

By Guillaume Beaud Analysing events occurring in the Middle-East and North Africa always requires an analytical grid. Two of the most commonly mobilised are a confessional approach, the Sunni/Shia divide; and a social class approach that emphasises social fractures between traditional elites and civil societies. Initially, most upheavals are better understood through social struggles opposing … Continue reading “Strife Feature | The Middle-East and the question of Qatar: Political Islam vs Secular Islam?”


ISIS and its conduct of war: interview with Professor Dr. Albert A. Stahel

February 12, 2016

By: Annabelle Vuille Professor Dr. Albert A. Stahel is the founder and head of the Swiss think tank Institut für Strategische Studien [Institute for Strategic Studies]. He has taught strategic studies at the Military Academy of the ETH Zürich and holds the title of honorary professor in the same field at the University of Zürich. … Continue reading “ISIS and its conduct of war: interview with Professor Dr. Albert A. Stahel”


Review: 'The Tail Wags the Dog: International Politics and the Middle East' by Efraim Karsh

December 3, 2015

Reviewed by: Bradley Lineker & Samar Batrawi   Efraim Karsh. The Tail Wags the Dog: International Politics and the Middle East. London & New York: Bloomsbury/ Continuum, 2015. ISBN: 978-14-72-91046-2. Pp. 236. Hardcover. £21.99. The Tail Wags the Dog: International Politics and the Middle East is the latest book from Efraim Karsh, professor of political … Continue reading “Review: 'The Tail Wags the Dog: International Politics and the Middle East' by Efraim Karsh”


Oil, patronage and corruption in the MENA region: the case of Saudi Arabia

February 21, 2014

By Ibrahim Gabr: Saudi Arabia is a country built on oil. By looking at the country through the theoretical lens of the resource curse, we can gain more insights into the relation between political patronage and this ‘resource curse.’ By examining a case study of patronage in Saudi Arabia, as well as the resource curse … Continue reading “Oil, patronage and corruption in the MENA region: the case of Saudi Arabia”


Carrots or sticks? The future of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East

November 2, 2012

By Lorena Fortuno The role of the United States:  Changes in Middle East Foreign Policy Since the early stages of the Cold War, one of the main policy goals of the United States has been to promote and maintain its influence in the Middle East in order to gain access to a stable oil market. … Continue reading “Carrots or sticks? The future of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East”


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