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About Jane Kinninmont

Jane Kinninmont is senior research fellow in the Middle East and North Africa programme at Chatham House. Her work has been published in The World Today, the Economist, Foreign Affairs, and other publications. She is the author of a collection of poems, Seven League Stilettos (Ragged Raven Press, 2004)  


Articles by Jane Kinninmont

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

The path from 9/11

A focus on the violence of an Arab and Muslim minority skewed western policy for a decade. The great events of 2011 are a chance to think afresh, says Jane Kinninmont, whose life was altered by witnessing the 9/11 attacks.

Castles built on sand

As Bahrain steps up its economic ambitions, unresolved sectarian tensions in the US-allied, Sunni-led Gulf state threaten to upset a shaky political balance, reports Jane Kinninmont.

Gaza's slide to war

Israel's land invasion of Gaza is a gift to hawks on both sides of the conflict, who see strategic gains to be made. Amid fears of all-out war, Jane Kinninmont traces the straining political fault-lines.

Saudi Arabia's women pioneers

The experience of women in Saudi Arabia is more complex than often portrayed, says Jane Kinninmont.

Man in the shadows: an interview with Efraim Halevy

Efraim Halevy presided over such controversial Israeli policies as targeted assassinations. The former Mossad chief talks to Jane Kinninmont about the challenges facing Israel and the prospect of engaging with Hamas. It's time to "think the unthinkable".

Paradise Now

"Paradise Now", the controversial Oscar-nominated film is an insightful and, at times, surprising portrait of two Palestinian suicide bombers. But does its political message go far enough, asks Jane Kinninmont.


"Syriana" dares to say we live in a world where "everything is connected". Is the result a fearless piece of filmmaking or merely ostentatiously complex? Jane Kinninmont gives her verdict.

Guantánamo and back: an interview with Moazzam Begg

British Muslim Moazzam Begg was arrested by the United States and detained without trial for three years, much of it at Guantánamo Bay. A year on he is ready to tell his story and Jane Kinninmont listens.

Life after Sharon: Palestinian prospects

What does Ariel Sharon’s sudden departure from politics mean for Palestinians? Jane Kinninmont assesses the outlook for the West Bank and Gaza.
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