Ahmed E. Souaiaia teaches at the University of Iowa. He is the author of the book, Contesting Justice (State University of New York Press, 2010) and his most recent book, Anatomy of Dissent in Islamic Societies, provides a historical and theoretical treatment of rebellious movements and ideas since the rise of Islam. Opinions are the author’s, speaking on matters of public interest; not speaking for any organization with which he is affiliated.
Ending religious and ethnic states will help prevent genocidal impulses
Political actors must address the place of religion and ethnicity, as defining identity markers, in the post-Arab...
What is the US administration’s alternative to elections it does not particularly like?
It is in everyone’s long-term interest to stop purposefully undermining developing democratic processes.
Tunisia’s Ennahda movement, maybe learning from Egypt and Turkey, compromises to remain relevant
Once again, the people have a chance to prove that the Arab Spring was not a fluke, that non-violence is the only...
Why are the rulers of Saudi Arabia losing their cool?
Every time the Gulf States’ rulers justify their support for violent rebels in Syria or the military regime in Egypt...
Published in: HomeThe dangers of military intervention in Syria without UNSC authorization
The only way to start a war against another country without UNSC authorization is in self-defense. The President...
Published in: HomeWeapons are for war, not for a political solution
What would stop Iran, Russia, China or any other country from supplying weapons to opposition groups in Bahrain,...