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‘Aleppo and the Myth of Syria’s Sovereignty’, Al Jazeera, 18 October 2016

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‘Aleppo and the Myth of Syria’s Sovereignty’, Al Jazeera, 18 October 2016

The narrative of sovereignty by the Syrian government is based on a number of myths.     The Syrian government’s campaign has reached a grim crescendo in Aleppo, further bewildering an international community struggling to respond to blatant attacks on hospitals, homes and humanitarian convoys. The government has long defended its actions, in Aleppo and…

‘ISIL May be in Crisis, But So is the Coalition’, Al Jazeera, 31 May 2016

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‘ISIL May be in Crisis, But So is the Coalition’, Al Jazeera, 31 May 2016

Writing on Al Jazeera, I argue that ISIL’s current battlefield losses will not automatically translate into meaningful gains for the coalition.   ‘The battle to recapture Fallujah from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has gathered momentum, with thousands of government-linked forces encircling the strategic town, supported from the air and advised on…

‘ISIS and Global Jihad’, 18 May 2015

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‘ISIS and Global Jihad’, 18 May 2015

For the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and on the eve of the launch of its new publication, Armed Conflict Survey, I examine the two seemingly contradictory effects of ISIS on global jihad.  I argue that the competing tendencies of unity and fragmentation create a dialectical tension that will drive the evolution of global jihadism in…

‘The Islamic State in Libya: Between Unity and Fragmentation’, 5 April 2015

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‘The Islamic State in Libya: Between Unity and Fragmentation’, 5 April 2015

For PS21, a new global think tank founded by Reuters Global Defence Correspondent Peter Apps, I examine the rise of the Islamic State in Libya. The Islamic State in Libya: Between Unity and Fragmentation ‘We have an appointment with Rome, God willing’, reads one Twitter entry for the Islamic State (IS) hashtag #Immigration to the State…

‘What Strategy for Tikrit, Mosul and Beyond?’, 12 March 2015

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‘What Strategy for Tikrit, Mosul and Beyond?’, 12 March 2015

For Al-Jazeera, I argue that, to bring meaningful progress against the so-called Islamic State, the ‘spring offensive’ in Iraq must serve a broader political strategy. The very recent histories of both Iraq and Syria suggest that the solution to a political crisis cannot be military It is important, therefore, that the agents who attempt to retake…

‘Gaza: No Innocent Victims?’, 27 July 2014

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‘Gaza: No Innocent Victims?’, 27 July 2014

I argue on Al Jazeera that, in the manner of al-Qaeda and the nineteenth century Anarchists, Israelis increasingly deploy dehumanising arguments to justify targeting innocent Palestinians (12,000+ ‘Likes’).   ‘In 1894, a young anarchist left a bomb outside the offices of a mining company in Paris.  Before he met the guillotine, Emile Henri claimed that his…

‘Unleash Diplomacy, Not Missiles, in Syria’, 1 September 2013

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‘Unleash Diplomacy, Not Missiles, in Syria’, 1 September 2013

For my Al Jazeera opinion column, I argue that the use of chemical weapons as a trigger for a US strike on Syria seems morally and legally arbitrary. At the same time, responding only to the chemical weapons dimension promises to leave the fundamental dynamics behind the horrific cycles of violence untouched. http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2013/08/2013831192052577528.html

‘Supreme Emergency at Guantanamo Bay’, 18 April 2013

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‘Supreme Emergency at Guantanamo Bay’, 18 April 2013

In light of the ongoing hunger strikes at Guantanamo Bay, I consider the Bush administration’s defence of this controversial detention facility which rested on the notion of a ‘supreme emergency’ and posited an existential threat to civilisation. http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2013/04/2013417122912694944.html

‘Iraq: You Didn’t Fall… We Pushed You’, 21 March 2013

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‘Iraq: You Didn’t Fall… We Pushed You’, 21 March 2013

On the tenth anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq, I review the Bush administration’s case for war against Saddam Hussein, which involved arguments about WMD, the assertion of an al-Qaeda-Saddam connection, and the claim to be liberating Iraqis.  Since 2005, the dominant justification for the invasion of Iraq has been the overthrow of a…

‘Inspiring Extremism’, 27 March 2013

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‘Inspiring Extremism’, 27 March 2013

For Al-Majalla, I explore the latest (tenth) edition of Al-Qaeda’s English-langauge magazine, Inspire.  Despite being sent on the run by the new government in Yemen, and having lost Inspire’s key architects to drone strikes, its producers remain committed to this labor- and resource-intensive publication. ‘A number of new jihadi fronts for recruitment and combat have opened…

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