The reasons for the involvement of the west in the MENA region are not limited to oil and security. These are the arguments used by both local autocrats and western powers to maintain control. The real threat however is a global revolutionary movement.
Snared by geopolitical interests,
post-9/11 interventions have too easily been captured by leading states. A
robust law enforcement process must serve enforcers of law, not agents of
The EU is following a bizarre logic, where support is given to autocratic regimes who benefit from the rise of extremist groups, instead of seeking reasons for the rise of radicalization among European youth. Why?
The Arab World is becoming increasingly unstable and the current elites are using severe coercion to remain in power. However, the use of coercion will lead to instability, as the opposition becomes more radicalized and prone to violence.
Sexualised and gender-based violence in Iraq,
highlighted in recent weeks in relation to ISIS atrocities, has been at the
heart of sectarian and authoritarian politics and developments since 2003. How
can we talk about it and mobilise against it?
The US and EU urgently need a better
understanding of realities on the ground, the nature and diversity of attitudes
to national self-determination in various parts of Kurdistan, and how they have
been affected by the war against ISIS.
What will three forces contribute to the defeat of ISIS: Arab autocrats, moderate Islamist groups and secular democratic protest movements - the first initiators of the Arab Revolt? We can discount the first...
IS was created by lack of justice, dignity and governance. Instead of tackling these root issues, the US chose to target the outcomes through brutal terrorism to maintain its hegemonic power structure in the region.
international community should support a secular,
multi-religious and multi-ethnic Rojava with democratic ambitions, that is a
threat for IS and equally for the conservative Islamic government in Turkey. This is democracy in action in the Middle East.
have the emerging BRICS powers played throughout the crisis of the Islamic
State? Reflecting on this can tell us about the internal and external nature of
both the emerging powers and the more multipolar world that has been constantly
For the first time for decades, all sides to the conflict
agree that terrorism has grown out of all proportions and poses a major threat
to all. The current aerial bombardment by the US and its allies has won the
explicit or implicit support of almost all stakeholders.
Islamic radicalism is the product of societal developments and it is not directly related to the religion of Islam. The lessons of Iraq are being actively ignored by the US and the west in general. The main tenets of American foreign policy, which have done well for extremism, are unchanged.
When people are dying in their thousands, why should we care about the destruction of artefacts? Cultural violence has long been a component in the obliteration of communities; it legitimates the denial of diversity and makes them much harder to rebuild.
Shia militias, still operating under the
control of former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, are laying siege to Latifiyya,
especially the Asa’ib Ahl al-Haqq militia. Failure to address the broader effects
of international assistance in Iraq’s fight promises to further polarize Iraq’s
The American intervention will strengthen the hand of Arab autocrats against their opponents, Islamists and non-Islamists alike. It lends credibility to the 'war against terror' rhetoric that these regimes use as a suppressant to the revolution.