Middle East

Compliance with UN Watercourses Convention: Half Full or Half Empty?

Compliance with UN Watercourses Convention: Half Full or Half Empty?

How can the UN Watercourses Convention minimise the risks of inter-state conflict over water resources?

The Aesthetics of Revolt: Emerging Political Subjectivities in the Arab Spring

The Aesthetics of Revolt: Emerging Political Subjectivities in the Arab Spring

Aesthetic forms of revolt live on in the collective memory as well as in their material forms, and continue to provide a repertoire for subsequent political action.

The Alleged Failure of Multilateralism in Syria: Beyond a Realist Trap

The Alleged Failure of Multilateralism in Syria: Beyond a Realist Trap

Earlier in history, multilateralism was deemed a ‘realist necessity’. In the current era, it is reshaped through battles of values.

Who is Winning the ‘War on Terror’?

Who is Winning the ‘War on Terror’?

Bush’s ‘war on terror’ was constructed as unwinnable and never-ending, Obama has not successfully proposed a counter-hegemonic discourse with the strength to oppose it.

Inconsistency, Hegemony, Colonialism and Genocide: How R2P Failed Libya

Inconsistency, Hegemony, Colonialism and Genocide: How R2P Failed Libya

States’ strategic interests should play no role in deciding where to intervene and who to save.

The Nakba, The Holocaust and Collective Victimhood

The Nakba, The Holocaust and Collective Victimhood

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is perpetuated by culturally and socially embedded discourses of victimhood that are existent in both countries’ narratives.

Terrorism and the PLO: The Effectiveness of Terrorism as a Political Tool

Terrorism and the PLO: The Effectiveness of Terrorism as a Political Tool

The example of the PLO’s terrorist campaign against Israel demonstrates that terrorism is unlikely to be an effective tool to achieve political goals.

Dependency Theory: A Useful Tool for Analyzing Global Inequalities Today?

Dependency Theory: A Useful Tool for Analyzing Global Inequalities Today?

Several thoughts and concepts from the dependency approach are still applicable for making sense of global inequalities in today’s globalized world.

Are Arab Nationalism and Islamism Two Sides of the Same Coin?

Are Arab Nationalism and Islamism Two Sides of the Same Coin?

Arab nationalism & Islamism, intertwined from birth, grew out of a shared anti-Western identity but the contents & meanings of this rejection are fundamentally different.

The Fateful 52: How the American Media Sensationalized the Iran Hostage Crisis

The Fateful 52: How the American Media Sensationalized the Iran Hostage Crisis

The US media’s generalization of the Iran hostage crisis through a liberal, secular, Western democracy lens marred Iran’s image and influenced US responses to the crisis.

How Does Violence Against Women Manifest? The Case of Post-Conflict Afghanistan

How Does Violence Against Women Manifest? The Case of Post-Conflict Afghanistan

Structural violence helps explain oppression of women caused by conflict but a continuation of patriarchal customs & occidentalist/orientalist agendas also contributes.

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The Impact of Gush Emunim on the Social and Political Fabric of Israeli Society

While Gush Emunim may no longer exist as a movement, its ideologies remain and continue to have a severe and negative impact on Israeli society.

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