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‘Syria: Talks or a Fight to the End?’, 4 March 2013

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‘Syria: Talks or a Fight to the End?’, 4 March 2013

In my latest opinion column for Al Jazeera, I argue that, alongside a clash between the narratives and policies of the US and Russia with regard to the Syria crisis, there has been a discernible gulf between each power’s discourse and their actions.       Syria: Talks or a fight to the end?  …

‘Jihadi Opportunism’, 5 February 2013

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‘Jihadi Opportunism’, 5 February 2013

For Al Majalla, I explore the wider context of the French intervention in Mali and the Algerian hostage crisis.  I argue that the Islamist takeover of northern Mali and the subsequent French action occurred in the context of longstanding governance failures by Bamako, the unresolved problem of Algerian militancy, an emerging subscription to global jihad…

‘Al-Qaeda Resurgent?’ 18 November 2012

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‘Al-Qaeda Resurgent?’  18 November 2012

In this opinion piece for Al-Jazeera English, I consider how al-Qaeda and its allies have come to control half of Mali, posing what western leaders seen as an intolerable threat to Europe’s southern flank, and consider the prospects for foreign intervention.  I also argue that an increasingly disarrayed al-Qaeda is taking advantage of the Arab…

‘Al-Qaeda in a Changing Region’, 11 September 2012

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‘Al-Qaeda in a Changing Region’, 11 September 2012

In this policy brief for Institut français des relations internationales, I argue that, while al-Qaeda has been on the backfoot in recent years, there are four areas of promise for the organisation: the opportunity to capitalise on any chaos which ensues from the Arab Awakening; the recent development of a common consciousness among previously unconnected…

‘Half-light in Syria’, 11 September 2012

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‘Half-light in Syria’, 11 September 2012

In an opinion column for Al Jazeera, I argue that Lakhdar Brahimi’s commitment to painstaking negotiations, coupled with Mohammed Mursi’s belief that the crisis in Syria is the responsibility of regional powers, combine to offer the only fragile hope, at this juncture, for ending the bloodshed in Syria and preventing its multiplication throughout the region.                                                                                                       …

‘Dangerous Contradictions in Syria’, 28 June 2012

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‘Dangerous Contradictions in Syria’, 28 June 2012

Together with George Joffe, I argue on Al Jazeera that local, regional and international contradictions combine to create an atmosphere of confusion and deep mistrust.  Throughout the region, the perception of a zero-sum struggle is gaining momentum.   Dangerous contradictions in Syria         Incoherent national policies and geopolitical rivalries are leading to a worsening…

‘Syria Street, Lebanon’, 19 April 2012

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‘Syria Street, Lebanon’, 19 April 2012

Based on dozens of interviews conducted in Beirut and in Northern Lebanon, ranging from Hizballah to Walid Jumblatt to Syrian refugees, I argue that Lebanese concern about the mounting civilian death toll in Syria ia necessarily tempered by competing exigencies, by local politics and, in some cases, by instincts for survival.     Syria Street,…

‘Libya’s Elections Must Be Postponed’, 23 March 2012

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‘Libya’s Elections Must Be Postponed’, 23 March 2012

Together with Ranj Alaaldin, I argue in the Daily Telegraph (London) that, while Libya’s potential is enormous, elections under the current circumstances will not deal with the militarisation of competing power centres: instead, they will reflect and embed an unstable situation.   Libya’s elections must be postponed   The unrest in Libya following last year’s…

‘The Dilemma for Syria’s Neighbours’, 28 February 2012

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‘The Dilemma for Syria’s Neighbours’, 28 February 2012

  Together with George Joffe, I argue on Al Jazeera English that, in the worsening conflict in Syria, great power politics are mapping dangerously onto regional power struggles, which are in turn underpinned by sectarian ones. What, then, does this unstable dynamic mean for those states surrounding Syria that are directly affected by its domestic…

‘Al-Qaeda Since 9/11’, January 2012

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‘Al-Qaeda Since 9/11’, January 2012

In the British Academy Review, and based on my remarks at the British Academy Symposium on ‘9/11: Ten Years On’, I explore Osama bin Laden’s democratization of Islamic authority and the implications of this for al-Qaeda’s future.       Al-Qaeda since 9/11 DR ALIA BRAHIMI     SECONDS AFTER smiling at her local MP…

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