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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 Occupation at Fifty: A Permanent State of Ambiguity
by Nathan J. Brown
“The most significant development is not in the occupation itself but in the collapse of all attempts to devise alternatives.”
How Syria’s Neighbors Have Treated Its Refugees
by Dawn Chatty
“The memory of the ties among the region’s peoples under the Ottoman Empire has played a part in the kind of reception Syrians have received in their neighboring places of refuge.”
Qatar’s Maverick Streak Leaves It Friendless in the Gulf
by Kristian Coates Ulrichsen
“Years of anger at Doha’s brash regional policies may have made the opportunity to put Qatar back in its place too tempting to pass up.”
The High Stakes of Climate Adaptation in the Middle East and North Africa
by Jeannie Sowers
“The degree to which states are tolerant of local-level initiatives and mobilization will become only more important as climate impacts intensify.” Third in a series on climate adaptation around the world.
The Precarious Status of Working-Class Men in Iran
by Shahram Khosravi
“The sociopolitical transition can be observed best in the shift of the symbolic position of working-class men: from veneration in the first decade after the revolution to condemnation three decades later.”
Perspective: Arabia Infelix: The War Devouring Yemen
by Sheila Carapico
What began as a popular uprising against a corrupt dictatorship has been overtaken by a struggle for regional supremacy, with the Middle East’s poorest country as sacrificial victim.
Books: The Enigma of the Arab Uprisings
by Marwan M. Kraidy
Did the same pro-market economic policies that gave rise to the Arab Spring also doom the would-be revolutionaries by sapping their capacity for envisioning radical alternatives?