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26.09.14 | Vicken Cheterian
Turkey and the ‘Islamic State’

Turkey is notably reluctant to join a military campaign against ISIS. In fact, Ankara’s ambiguity towards the radical Islamist group has deep political as well as historical roots.

X FactorArabia
19.09.14 | Zaheer Kazmi
Pop Will Eat Itself

How Islamic pop music, a once peripheral art form, has become domesticated, mainstream and ‘moderate’.

Bangladeshi UN Peacekeepers
11.09.14 | Philip Cunliffe
The West’s Forgotten Armies

The UN peacekeeping system allows Western states to harness the armies of the Global South as a force multiplier, writes Philip Cunliffe.

Scottish Flag
11.09.14 | Faisal Devji
The World After Britain

The Scottish referendum: a crisis of the political, masquerading as nationalism?


Al-Baghdadi, Caliph of ‘Islamic State’, may benefit from the Gaza impasse – a danger to Israelis and Palestinians alike, writes Jean-Pierre Filiu.


With no mainstream media channel through which to communicate, Islamic State uses extreme acts of violence in order to attract global attention online, writes Lina Khatib.

Shanghai Skyline
02.09.14 | Anna Greenspan
Shanghai’s Urban Future

As the completion of Shanghai Tower marks the end of the city’s science fiction-oriented urban development, Anna Greenspan asks: what next?

Downtown Karachi

Imran Farooq, second-in-command of Pakistan’s MQM, was stabbed and beaten to death on a London street in 2010. Following the detention of a new suspect, Laurent Gayer investigates Farooq’s mysterious story, from Karachi to London.

Tabaqa Airbase
28.08.14 | Christopher M. Davidson
Why did Islamic State seize Tabaqa Airbase in Syria?

Was the seizure of Tabaqa Airbase by Islamic State just a part of their overall expansion, or was there another motive at play?

19.08.14 | Talal Nizameddin
Ten Things We’ve Learnt about Putin

Recent events in Syria and Ukraine have confirmed Putin’s desire to extend his global influence. Talal Nizameddin offers up ten things Putin’s leadership has taught us.


An interview with Nicholas Krohley, author of ‘The Death of the Mehdi Army: Insurgency and Civil Society in Occupied Baghdad’ on Moqtada al-Sadr’s complex relationship with Iran.

The camel corps at Beersheba

Gaza’s strategic position—the key to controlling access to Sinai, to Palestine and the wider Middle East—has made it an enviable prize for thousands of years. Jean-Pierre Filiu explains why during the First World War the British and Ottoman Empires fought so hard to control it.