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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…

‘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…

‘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?  …

‘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…

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