Middle East

Sectarianism and The Politics of Fear in Iraq

With the Islamic State seizing control of much of the Sunni-majority territory in Iraq’s north and west, a de facto Shi’a “Islamic State” could be emerging in the south. What drives this division is fear, which military actors on both …

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How far can the Islamic State expand?

The ability of the Islamic State to expand its influence and territorial control depends on a range of state and social factors specific to each country in the region. Following the recent killings of Egyptian Copts in Libya and the attack on Tunisia’s Bardo Museum, the …

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Netanyahu Mark-IV: a Predictable Victory

The Israeli elections on March 17 should not have had a surprise result. Surveys and experts had been predicting the downfall of Netanyahu for several days. The outcome of the vote was, in fact, according to the latest polls and …

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Banksy and the History of Palestinian graffiti

Banksy’s recent trip to Gaza drew the media’s attention, but Palestinians have a long history of political graffiti. The anonymous British street artist, Banksy, has released yet another set of striking graffiti artworks – this time in the Gaza Strip. …

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Public Salaries and Political Games in Gaza

Fayeq al-Qadi didn’t expect that the day would come where he wouldn’t be able to find food and other necessities for his five children, or have the salary he has been earning as an employee for the Palestinian Authority (PA) …

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Recapturing Tikrit, Rejuvenating ISIS

Even if ISIS loses Tikrit, they will remain a threat if the Iraqi government and sectarian Shia militias continue to persecute Iraq’s Sunni Arabs. For lasting victory, the Sunnis must be involved. As the US Chief of Staff, General Martin …

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