Islamists without a book
Most doctrines, political or religious, are embodied in sacred texts that act as guide and inspiration to their...
Iraqis and Kurds: a question of responsibility
Iraq's escalating crisis highlights the contrasting attitudes to the United States of politicians in Baghdad and the...
Gaza, and an Arab civil war
Behind the Arab rhetoric of unity over Gaza - and Syria or Iraq - lie deep and dangerous fractures.
Iraq-Syria: roots of disintegration
Iraq's fragmentation and Syria's implosion are the long-term outcome of the follies of their Ba'athist and other...
Ba'athism in Iraq-Syria: out of time
The influential nationalist-modernist ideology once attracted religious-sectarian support. Today that process is...
Published in: North Africa, West AsiaA great unravelling, and a new map
The crisis around Iraq-Syria reflects the weight of a past that is no longer relevant to the region's peoples, says...