By Katerina Karakatsanis Updated information from December 2016 is towards the end of this post. Thursday morning the world woke up to a video of a confused 5-year-old Syrian boy, Omran Daqneesh, being pulled out of rubble in the aftermath … Continue reading The FAQs of what’s going on in Aleppo
By Geoff Moore I wrote my undergraduate thesis on the potential for Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), and the Kurds in the east of the country, to find a path towards de-escalation of the long conflict. The Kurdish … Continue reading Turkey’s Coup Attempt is a Forewarning to Kurds
By Jacob Lindelöw Berntson How come certain commemorations take place in particular sites? How come British politicians leave wreaths at the Cenotaph in Whitehall on Remembrance Sunday? Why do the French pay tribute to the ‘Unknown Soldier’ at the foot … Continue reading The martyrs of Lebanon: war memorials as sites of contestation and reconciliation
by Larissa Schober On 2 June this year, the German parliament voted for a resolution that declared the mass killings of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire as a genocide. Without hesitation, the Turkish response was to withdraw its ambassador from Germany. … Continue reading Why’s genocide so political?
By Geoff Moore The Hashd al-Shaabi, known in English as the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), are a largely opaque entity to people outside of Iraq. Created in June 2014 as “a conglomeration of some 40 militias,” the PMUs were organized … Continue reading Who are the Hashd al-Shaabi?
By Jacob Lindelöw Berntson In late March, Algeria’s ruling party FLN (Front de Libération Nationale) held a rally in which leader Amar Saadani urged Algerians to stand behind President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and the country’s army. According to the FLN, popular … Continue reading Algeria: weathering the storm or about to implode?
By Jacob Lindelöw Berntson During the last few years, the tiny Gulf nation of Bahrain has seen an unprecedented number of its citizens getting their citizenships revoked by their own government. Although Bahrain is by far the worst offender, this measure … Continue reading Revoking citizenships in Bahrain, Turkey and France: why is going rogue en vogue?
By Geoff Moore [This is the second part of a two part analysis of what is happening in contemporary Iraqi politics.] Parliamentary Update The first half of April has already been a tumultuous period in Iraqi politics. The April 10th deadline … Continue reading Something’s Rotten in the State of Iraq (Part 2)
By Geoff Moore You may have come across the news on March 25th of a bombing at an Iraqi football stadium south of Baghdad in which at least 29 people were killed. Yet, as has been the case ever since … Continue reading Something’s Rotten in the State of Iraq (Part 1)
By Jacob Lindelöw Berntson The Islamic Movement in Israel is little known to the wider world compared to other regional Islamist groups, such as the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas or Hezbollah. However, they have despite all odds managed to be highly … Continue reading Israel’s Islamists: The Islamic Movement in Israel and their road to prohibition