Tag: Iraq

cooke, Goknar, Koonz, Lawrence and Mignolo: The Art(s) of Revolution

cooke, Goknar, Koonz, Lawrence and Mignolo: The Art(s) of Revolution

[ 0 ] April 23, 2014 |

by MIRIAM COOKE, ERDAĞ GÖKNAR, CLAUDIA KOONZ, BRUCE LAWRENCE, and WALTER MIGNOLO for ISLAMiCommentary and TIRN on APRIL 23, 2014: This revolution is a beginning Like a migration, like a birth This revolution is a bismillah, Come on, finish the aya, See how it improves on every reading How each verse runs to the next […]

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Report: Democracy and Human Rights Support Under Fire

[ 0 ] April 22, 2014 |

by THOMAS CAROTHERS and SASKIA BRECHENMACHER for CARNEGIE ENDOWMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL PEACE, FEBRUARY 2014:   REPORT “Closing Space: Democracy and Human Rights Support Under Fire” SUMMARY EXCERPT) After seeing its reach increase for decades, international support for democracy and human rights now faces a serious challenge: more and more governments are erecting legal and logistical barriers to […]

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Joel S. Migdal on “Shifting Sands: The United States in the Middle East” (Book Q & A)

Joel S. Migdal on “Shifting Sands: The United States in the Middle East” (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] April 11, 2014 |

Column » By the Book by JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE for ISLAMiCommentary on APRIL 11, 2014:  Joel S. Migdal is one of America’s leading scholars on the Middle East, and his scholarship is on display in his new book, Shifting Sands: The United States in the Middle East (Columbia University Press, 2014).  Shifting Sands is an […]

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WATCH LIVE ! 1130 AM EST FRIDAY, APRIL 11: Gen. Raymond Odierno and Duke’s Peter Feaver Discuss Afghanistan, Iraq, and More

WATCH LIVE ! 1130 AM EST FRIDAY, APRIL 11: Gen. Raymond Odierno and Duke’s Peter Feaver Discuss Afghanistan, Iraq, and More

[ 0 ] April 10, 2014 |

WATCH LIVE ! SANFORD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY: Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno will discuss national security and military affairs Friday, April 11, at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. The talk takes place at 11:30 a.m. in Sanford 04 and is free and open to the public. Parking is available in Science Drive […]

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An Iraqi Scholar-In-Exile Laments an Arab World “In the Age of Decay”

An Iraqi Scholar-In-Exile Laments an Arab World “In the Age of Decay”

[ 0 ] April 7, 2014 |

by ABDUL SATTAR JAWAD for ISLAMiCommentary on APRIL 7, 2014: For many observers, including scholars, the uprisings in the Arab world in 2011 — commonly referred to as the Arab Spring — came unexpectedly and soon entered the global vocabulary as a Middle Eastern movement for justice and equality. Major world media outlets championed the […]

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Tunisia: ‘Candle in the Dark’ That Lit Arab Spark Finds Its Way

Tunisia: ‘Candle in the Dark’ That Lit Arab Spark Finds Its Way

[ 0 ] March 7, 2014 |

by LARRY LUXNER for THE WASHINGTON DIPLOMAT , MARCH 2014:  Early this month, when Mohamed Ezzine Chelaifa visits the White House to present his credentials as Tunisia’s new envoy to the United States, President Obama might get the feeling it’s déjà vu all over again. After all, the country has now seen three ambassadors in Washington in the span of […]

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The Crimean Crisis and the Middle East: Will Syria & Iran be the Winners? (Juan Cole)

The Crimean Crisis and the Middle East: Will Syria & Iran be the Winners? (Juan Cole)

[ 0 ] March 3, 2014 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on MARCH 3, 2014:  The Russian intervention in the Crimea is more direct and dramatic than the one in Syria, with actual troops deployed. But there are similarities. One of the little-noted rationales for Russian support for the Baath government in Damascus is that it is seen as more […]

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Haroon Moghul: Want to defeat al-Qaeda? Start with Tunisia

[ 0 ] February 6, 2014 |

“Tunisia is the most important country in the Arab world right now. Period. It is the most courageous, the most forward-looking, the most promising.” by HAROON MOGHUL for AL ARABIYA NEWS on JANUARY 30, 2014:  President Obama’s State of the Union speech devoted precious little time to the Middle East, the Arab Spring, or the Muslim […]

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For DC, A Mayoral Candidate Fluent in Anacostia, Art and Arabic

[ 0 ] February 1, 2014 |

Andy Shallal, an Iraqi-American businessman who preaches fair-labor practices, tries his hand at politics by ALIA MALEK for AL JAZEERA AMERICA on JANUARY 31, 2014:  Washington, D.C. — On the morning of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, mayoral candidate Andy Shallal, 58, posed for a photograph in front of the Lincoln Theater, one of the […]

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Francesca de Châtel: The Role of Drought and Climate Change in the Syrian Uprising

Francesca de Châtel: The Role of Drought and Climate Change in the Syrian Uprising

[ 0 ] January 31, 2014 |

by Francesca de Châtel for MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES (2014) on JANUARY 27, 2014:  EXCERPT FROM “The Role of Drought and Climate Change in the Syrian Uprising: Untangling the Triggers of the Revolution”:  I will argue that it was not the drought per se, but rather the government’s failure to respond to the ensuing humanitarian crisis that formed […]

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