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Adam Ramsay is co-editor of OurKingdom.

Libya, Syria and the “responsibility to protect”: a moment of inflection?

Since the Rwandan genocide and the wars in former Yugoslavia, the idea of a “responsibility to protect” vulnerable populations has acquired currency. The Libyan and Syrian crises have, however, seen the value of that currency recalibrated.

Film review: First to Fall

The author reviews a documentary film shot over an 8-month period about two friends who abandon life in Canada to return to their home country, Libya, to fight in the revolution against Gaddafi’s army.

The Arab Spring popular uprisings – myth and reality

It is critical to recognize the significance of this revolutionary chapter in the modern history of the Middle East and the creative conceptions and articulations of resistance that shattered the system of domination, particularly the popular roots of these uprisings amongst the urban and rural poor.

The Arab Spring and the changing balance of global power

From an empirical-analytical point of view, what has happened in the Middle East and North Africa since Mohammed Bouazizi died? This is not an opinion piece, but an assessment of underlying factors which have put pressure on the aspiration for justice and political reform launched by the Arab Spring. (5,000 words) 

Beyond a self-fulfilling prophesy: religion and conflict in the Middle East

Primordialism is back with a vengeance when it comes to analysing conflict in the Middle East. However, Libya and Egypt help us put religion in its proper place.

Getting transition right

Gathering in Salzburg, Austria looks at improving diversity and inclusion in the post-revolution MENA region.

This week's window on the Middle East - November 13, 2013

Arab Awakening's columnists offer their weekly perspective on what is happening on the ground in the Middle East. Leading the week, Libya's Constituent Assembly: light at the end of the tunnel?

Libya's Constituent Assembly: light at the end of the tunnel?

While the registration process for elections and an apparent political commitment to 'dialogue' represent tentative progress, there are still substantial obstacles to be overcome before the committee is formed, let alone the constitution drafted.

This week's window on the Middle East - October 25, 2013

Arab Awakening's columnists offer their weekly perspective on what is happening on the ground in the Middle East. Leading the week, Egypt's most powerful man tries to tame the media.

Women and the Arab Spring: tough choices to make

Should women’s movements support a national revolution based on patriarchal principles?

London and Lampedusa, the two extremes

Just as the wandering elites of Damascus, Cairo or Tripoli seek salvation in London, the peripatetic poor and needy of the very same countries are drowning to the distant putting sound of an indifferent life-boat.

This week's window on the Middle East - October 18, 2013

Arab Awakening's columnists offer their weekly perspective on what is happening on the ground in the Middle East. Leading the week, Political fault lines threaten Libya's stability.

Political fault lines threaten Libya's stability

Deep rifts between Libya’s leaders have been laid bare and if they continue to grapple with one another instead of facing up to the country's profound challenges, these fault lines could swallow the country whole.

This week's window on the Middle East - September 17, 2013

Arab Awakening's columnists offer their weekly perspective on what is happening on the ground in the Middle East. Leading the week, Doha debate reveals gulf between locals, its elite and expatriates

A complicated relationship: Libya, Syria and the international press

The decision whether to intervene militarily in Syria should not be dictated by non-information, nor should the success or failure of Libya's revolution (and NATO's role in it) be prematurely judged on the same basis.

This week's window on the Middle East - August 23, 2013

Arab Awakening's columnists offer their weekly perspective on what is happening on the ground in the Middle East. Leading the week, Democracy's hall of mirrors in the post-Gezi world? A call for global dialgue

Libya: the long road ahead

Not only has the state so far been unable to bring the militias under control, it has also not managed to repair roads, rebuild buildings, clean the streets or provide power to its citizens.

This week's window on the Middle East - July 23, 2013

Arab Awakening's columnists offer their weekly perspective on what is happening on the ground in the Middle East. Leading the week, How did the crises in Egypt snowball?

Qatari foreign policy: a way out

It’s been a bad month. Rather than put money into the central bank in Cairo, why not help subsidise staple foods for Egypt’s poorest, or support relief aid in North Africa? 

Women left behind as Libya's constitution-drafting moves forwards

The 60 candidates who are eventually elected must balance a huge range of competing issues and priorities in order to draft a document which the majority of Libyans will accept, and which will stand the test of time.

The Egyptian crisis and its regional effects

Should Egypt collapse into violence and disarray, supporting the Army might well make the UAE look similar to how Iran and Qatar appear in Syria - one sided backers in a conflict that pulls the country apart rather than unifying it.

بين المثالية والسياسة الواقعية لقوة ناشئة: السياسة الخارجية لجنوب أفريقيا

جنوب أفريقيا مرشحة أكثر من معظم دول العالم لأن تكون مدافعًا ومروجًا قويًا لحقوق الإنسان، وذلك بسبب ماضيها. حيث لديها القدرة على تزعم طريق الضغط من أجل نظام دولي أكثر ديمقراطية.

Battle for Tripoli: hope or despair?

These attacks have been both violent and destructive. But they are being interpreted by many as the death throes of militias who have suddenly realised that they are no longer wanted in Libya.

This week's window on the Middle East - July 1, 2013

Arab Awakening's columnists offer their weekly perspective on what is happening on the ground in the Middle East. Leading the week, Solidarity breaks out in Turkey

This week's window on the Middle East - June 19, 2013

Arab Awakening's columnists offer their weekly perspective on what is happening on the ground in the Middle East. Leading the week, Libyans say no to militias.

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