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Playground for Powers

by Camille Pecastaingvia The Caravan
Thursday, June 20, 2019

In August 1920, in the Parisian suburb of Sèvres, envoys of the allied powers signed an eponymous treaty dividing into zones of influence the fallen Ottoman Empire and Islamic Caliphate. The regime of "mandates" it instituted was simultaneously the culmination of European imperialism in the Middle East, and its final undertaking. Mandates were not meant to last: it was a phase of foreign trusteeship, in anticipation of independence that, by the 1970s, would be the norm across the region.

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America And Syria: Life After Hegemony

by Camille Pecastaingvia The Caravan
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The 24-hour news cycle has offered a sequential, fragmented vision of the Syrian conflict. A chemical attack here, a temporary cease fire there; a wave of hopeless refugees, a gruesome terrorist attack; the fall of a besieged city, yet another round of negotiations. Caught in the fractional details, few looked at the bigger picture of how the position of influence the US had secured in the Middle East from the mid-1970s unraveled. 

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Orlando: An Act Of 'Shockism'

by Camille Pecastaingvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The word 'terrorism' isn't always the most incisive for acts of Islamist violence.

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ISIS: Making Autocracy Look Good

by Camille Pecastaingvia The Caravan
Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The November attacks in Paris claimed by ISIS came from the convergence of two forces. One is Jihadism, a global and multifaceted socio-behavioral phenomenon. The other is ISIS, an organization that operates in the Levant and Mesopotamia. ISIS can occasionally project itself beyond its base by leveraging the Jihadist phenomenon, as it did in Tunisia, Egypt, or now France. But despite the global noise, ISIS should be read in its regional context.

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Overhyping ISIS

by Camille Pecastaingvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Middle East is experiencing a major transformation, of which radicalism is only a symptom.  

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Democracy’s Death-by-Welfare

by Camille Pecastaingvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Friday, May 3, 2013
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Democracy’s Death-by-Welfare

by Camille Pecastaingvia Defining Ideas
Friday, May 3, 2013

Is our political regime fated to wither away?

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The Art of Protest in 2012

by Camille Pecastaingvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, January 2, 2013

In the Middle East, violence appears to be the great equalizer.

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The Many Faces of Islamist Politicking

by Camille Pecastaingvia Policy Review
Friday, June 1, 2012

Learning to govern after the Arab Spring...

The Many Faces of Islamist Politicking

by Camille Pecastaingvia Policy Review
Friday, June 1, 2012

Learning to govern after the Arab Spring

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