Middle East

Opinion – Why Women’s Rights in the Gulf Matter for Afghanistan

Rachel A. George • Nov 21 2021 • Articles

For the Gulf states, there is a delicate balance between the region’s evolving geostrategic interests and a desire to appear as leaders of Muslim modernity.

Interview – Mohammed Ihsan

E-International Relations • Oct 23 2021 • Features

Mohammed Ihsan explores the implications of the de-Baathification process on transitional justice in Iraq, and progress towards national reconciliation.

The Cruelty of Kafala: Immigrant Life in Kuwait

Lorcán Owens • May 18 2021 • Articles

Educating children and society that exploitation is immoral and demonstrating tolerance, equality and human dignity is the only way to end the Kafala mentality.

Interview – Katerina Dalacoura

E-International Relations • Apr 20 2021 • Features

Katerina Dalacoura considers civilisational and ideological developments in the MENA region, particularly in Turkey, as well as non-Western IR and the challenges of fieldwork.

Interview – Ibrahim Jalal

E-International Relations • Mar 16 2021 • Features

Ibrahim Jalal sets out the challenges facing the unity government in Yemen, the UAE’s influence, and the Houthi response to the pandemic.

Review – Erdoğan’s Empire: Turkey and the Politics of the Middle East

Matthew Goldman • Jan 31 2021 • Features

An insightful account of the rise and fall of Turkey’s efforts to become a ‘stand-alone power’ under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, ideal for a policy audience.

Interview – Eva Koulouriotis

E-International Relations • Jan 24 2021 • Features

Political analyst Eva Koulouriotis discusses Turkish foreign policy, Turkey’s role in Nagorno-Karabakh, as well as her work with the European Union of Women.

Radical Democracy and Self-Governance in Kurdistan

Hanifi Baris • Dec 15 2020 • Articles

The Kurdish model promises a secular, democratic, pluralistic, egalitarian and environmentalist model of self-rule for all, providing an opportunity for peace and harmony in Kurdistan.

Review – Break All the Borders: Separatism and the Reshaping of the Middle East

Gökhan Bacık • Aug 5 2020 • Features

An ambitious book that analyses how recent developments in Middle Eastern politics have affected the regional order from an international relations perspective.

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