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December 2018

The Hard Road Ahead for Syrian Reconstruction
by Faten Ghosn
“[R]econstruction projects have already gotten underway in some parts of the country, such as those occupied by Turkey, while others have been without basic services for years.”

Southern Discontent Spurs an Iraqi Protest Movement
by Zahra Ali and Safaa Khalaf
“The security and military apparatus that was trained, armed, and strengthened in the fight against the Islamic State is now being used to repress political activism against the Iraqi regime.”

How to Interpret ISIS’s Heritage Destruction
by Benjamin Isakhan
“Far from being senseless acts perpetrated by barbarous savages, ISIS’s heritage destruction has been carefully staged and sends clear and deliberate messages.”

Convergence and Competition Among the New Turkish Middle Classes
by Erol Balkan and Ahmet Öncü
“The AKP’s neoliberal regime created the ideology and conditions for transformative change in Turkey’s new upper-middle-class culture, which trickled down to both the laic and Islamic middle-class factions.” Fourth in a series on social mobility around the world.

Sisi Builds a Green Zone for Egypt
by Michele Dunne
“By 2018, most Egyptians who had played important roles in public life between the mid-2000s and the 2013 coup were either in prison or in exile abroad in what amounted to a massive brain drain.”

Perspective: Trump’s Reckless Middle East Gambles
by Shibley Telhami
Unilateral decisions to scupper the Iran nuclear deal and move the US embassy to Jerusalem could have dangerous consequences that the president’s inexperienced advisers failed to anticipate.

Books: The Libyan Unraveling
by Alison Pargeter
After intervening to help topple an eccentric dictator in 2011, the United States and its allies have stood aside and watched as rival militias tear apart a country lacking civil institutions.

The Month in Review: October 2018
by the editors of Current History
An international chronology of events in October, country by country, day by day.

2018 Current History Index
by the editors of Current History

Map of Middle East
by the editors of Current History

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