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Thinking Aloud: “From Deep State to Islamic State”

Oct. 12, 2015 by Darius  I recently read From Deep State to Islamic State: The Arab Counter-Revolution and Its Jihadi Legacy by French Middle East scholar Jean-Pierre Filiu. The book is an up-to-date analysis of why the Arab Spring crashed … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Thieves of State”

July 8, 2015 by Darius  I recently read Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security by Sarah Chayes, who was formerly affiliated with the US military and spent 10 years in Afghanistan.  Simple yet extraordinarily powerful, Thieves of State … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Salafism: Politics and the Puritanical”

“Salafism: Politics and the Puritanical” The Economist, June 27-July 3, 2015, pp.38-39 http://www.economist.com/news/middle-east-and-africa/21656189-islams-most-conservative-adherents-are-finding-politics-hard-it-beats “Were it not for his bushy beard and trim moustache, Nader Bakkar could be mistaken for one of Egypt’s secular liberal politicians.  The young spokesman for the Nour … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: ISIS, Where Do We Go from Here?

June 26, 2015 by Darius  It’s been a bad day for the world today. In Kuwait, dozens are dead and hundreds more injured after an ISIS suicide bomber detonated himself in a mosque packed with Shia worshippers. In Syria, dozens … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Tunisia Shines a Light on Past Abuses”

“Tunisia Shines a Light on Past Abuses” The New York Times, May 20, 2015, p.A4 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/20/world/africa/torture-claims-in-tunisia-await-truth-commission.html?_r=0 “One of the most notorious forms of torture was the ‘roast chicken,’ an obscene stress position in which the victim was suspended naked, like … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Report Designates Tunisia First ‘Free’ Arab Country in Decades”

“Report Designates Tunisia First ‘Free’ Arab Country in Decades” Al-Monitor, February 8, 2015 http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2015/02/tunisia-free-arab-judiciary-political-challenges.html# “Tunisia’s largely peaceful transition toward democracy following its 2011 revolution stands in stark contrast to the conflict, repression and return of dictatorship seen in other countries that … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Bill Lawrence on Tunisia

Nov. 22, 2014 by Darius  Tunisians go to the polls tomorrow to choose their next president.  Earlier this week, I attended a panel discussion at the Middle East Institute’s annual conference.  One of the panelists was Bill Lawrence, currently a … Continue reading

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