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Book Club: Stacy D. Fahrenthold’s new book offers insight into the politics of migrant communities and their connections to their countries of origin, reviews Usman Butt.

The long read: In its centenary year, Professor Avi Shlaim examines the impact of the Balfour Declaration and Britain's 'deviousness, duplicity and double-standards' in Palestine, writes Ben Clarke.

Deconstructing the idea of foreign fighters in Syria

Tristan Dunning

Deconstructing the idea of foreign fighters in Syria

Comment: Facile interpretations of jihadist motivations are dangerous and counterproductive, writes Tristan Dunning.

A Syrian reunion

Hadani Ditmars

A Syrian reunion

Blog: A family reunion wasn't the retreat Hadani Ditmars had been hoping for.

Inside the Arab mind: Questions on Syria and beyond

Nael M. Shama

Inside the Arab mind: Questions on Syria and beyond

The long read: Nael Shama asks what future lies ahead for Arab societies, if the choice - six years after the Arab Spring, is between tyrannical ...

Bassel Salloukh

The US and IS: Weaving conspiracy theories in reverse

Comment: Critical historical analysis is the best response to the poisonous conspiracy theories manufactured by the likes of both Bannon and IS, writes Bassel Salloukh.

Martin Armstrong

Big in exile: The sonic journeys of 47SOUL

Before relocating to London in 2014 the four members of Palestinian electro outfit 47SOUL had never lived in the same city. Exile has proved a ...

Kawthar Guediri

Sykes-Picot: Phase two of a Middle East partition process

Comment: The processes of separation and partition put in place by the agreement have continued to replicate themselves for the last ...

Myriam Benraad

The spectre of tomorrow: After the battle for Mosul

Despite promises that IS will be defeated after Mosul is recaptured, the fight for the Iraqi capital of the 'caliphate' is turning out more ...

Peace in the Middle East: Federalism, not territorial disintegration

Shireen T. Hunter

Peace in the Middle East: Federalism, not territorial disintegration

Comment: Much has been said about redrawing Middle East borders along ethnic, linguistic or sectarian lines, but the wholesale breakup of ...

Robert Springborg

Saving Sykes-Picot

Comment: Instead of dividing existing states, or sustaining "fierce but brittle" states, the aim should be to bring about institutions that are ...

The myths around <em>Sykes</em>-<em>Picot</em>

Laith Saud

The myths around Sykes-Picot

Comment: The argument that Iraq and Syria are false entities, clumsily constituted by Sykes-Picot is at best lacking in ...

<em>Sykes</em>-<em>Picot</em> and the right to self-determination

Taufiq Wan

Sykes-Picot and the right to self-determination

Comment: 100 years ago today, Britain and France carved up the Middle East along lines that have made infamous the names of Sir Mark ...

Is Iraqi Kurdistan about to declare independence from Baghdad?

The New Arab

Is Iraqi Kurdistan about to declare independence from Baghdad?

Most but not all political forces of Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region are preparing to hold a referendum on independence next year, but ...

French spy chief warns of 'end of Middle East'

AAAJ and agencies

French spy chief warns of 'end of Middle East'

The conflicts in parts of the Middle East could lead to 'the end' of the region 'as we know it, Bernard Bajolet, head of France overseas ...

Al-Araby al-Jadeed staff

Jeremy Corbyn's cautious support for Palestine as Labour leader

Analysis: As Israeli politics shifted further right, the UK's Labour party has moved to the left. What will Labour look like under the leadership of a known critic of Israel?

Paul Mcloughlin

What's in a flag? Raising Jordan's red standard high

Analysis: King Abdullah decided that the Hashemite flag - filled with Islamic symbolism - should be raised on army day, rather than the national ...

Baroness Jenny Tonge

Old wars, new wars. A woman's view

Comment: Women and children are suffering in wars across the Middle East. If more women were in positions of power things would be different, ...

Khorshid Dali

Syria’s Kurds defend their turf with eye on future

The Syrian revolution gave rise to a new call for Kurdish nationhood. But there are many obstacles in the way before any such dream is realised.

Arab caliphate: once a dream, now a nightmare

Adel Soliman

Arab caliphate: once a dream, now a nightmare

In 1916, Hussein bin Ali began a futile quest to destroy the Ottomans and create an Arab caliphate. Nearly a century on and the "Islamic State" ...

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