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Author/editor: Elisabeth Yarbakhsh

Year published: 2018

Fiction provides a way through the ethical quagmire brought about by the necessity of providing both anonymity to research participants and an honest account of the field. Sheyda, the main protagonist in this short story, is a compilation of three Afghan women who make an appearance only in...

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China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and Turkey’s Middle Corridor: 'Win-Win Cooperation'?

China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and Turkey’s Middle Corridor: 'Win-Win Cooperation'?

Author/editor: Xiaoli Victoria Guo and Giray Fidan

Year published: 2018

For centuries, the ancient “Silk Road” — a network of trading routes established by the Han Dynasty spanning the Asian continent — served as a bridge between China and Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey). In September 2013, President Xi Jinping delivered a long-anticipated speech in which he proposed...

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 'Is Turkey Acting Fairly? — Turkey’s Choice in T-LORAMIDS',

'Is Turkey Acting Fairly? — Turkey’s Choice in T-LORAMIDS',

Author/editor: Xiaoli Victoria Guo,

Year published: 2017

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'Islamic State in a zone of conflicts with conflicts',

'Islamic State in a zone of conflicts with conflicts',

Author/editor: Saikal, A

Year published: 2015

The Middle East is in the grip of multiple geopolitical and humanitarian crises. The region is going through major balance of power shifts, perhaps not seen since the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire and the British-French colonial orchestrations nearly a century ago. The old correlation of...

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The Palestinian Authority and the Rentier State

The Palestinian Authority and the Rentier State

Author/editor: Iqtait

Year published: 2017

This study is a theoretical and practical precedence in conceptualizing a rentier state in Palestine. It sets the possibility for understanding the underlying principles of the performance of the Palestinian Authority (PA) since its inception in 1994. It provides a platform for utilizing rentier...

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 	Effects of Iraq’s Parliamentary Gender Quota on Women’s Political Mobilization and Legitimacy Post-2003

Effects of Iraq’s Parliamentary Gender Quota on Women’s Political Mobilization and Legitimacy Post-2003

Author/editor: Al-Tamimi, H.

Year published: 2018

Parliamentary gender quotas have become increasingly prevalent since the 1990s, yet in-depth research illuminating their effects on women’s political agency remains scarce. Iraq’s political evolution offers a unique perspective on feminist, democratization, and gender quota scholarship as related...

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Recognizing Fragmented Authority: Towards a post-Westphalian Security Order in Iraq

Recognizing Fragmented Authority: Towards a post-Westphalian Security Order in Iraq

Author/editor: Damian Doyle (CAIS) & Dr Tristan Dunning (University of Qld)

Year published: 2018

The rollback of Daesh’s territorial control during 2017 has (re-)established an area of limited statehood in large parts of Iraq that may endure for many years. The government of Iraq projects its authority into a large geographical and political space that it shares with a multitude of other state...

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Reformers and the Rentier State: Re-Evaluating the Co-Optation Mechanism in Rentier State Theory

Reformers and the Rentier State: Re-Evaluating the Co-Optation Mechanism in Rentier State Theory

Author/editor: Jessie Moritz

Year published: 2018

The oil and gas-rich states of the Gulf Cooperation Council have long been treated as exceptional, where distributions of rent-based wealth to society assumedly preclude political dissent. Yet, by examining informal and formal opposition in Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman since 2011, this article disputes...

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 'From hero worship to organized oblivion: Representations of the People's Front in Tajikistan's national memory'

'From hero worship to organized oblivion: Representations of the People's Front in Tajikistan's national memory'

Author/editor: Nourzhanov, K.

Year published: 2017

The People’s Front of Tajikistan (PFT), one of the parties to the country’s civil war, was instrumental in bringing the government of President Emomali Rahmon to power. The article examines the official strategies of memorialization of the PFT from the early 1990s to the present. It discusses the...

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Oasis

Saudi Ulama, Guardians of Change

Author/editor: Raihan Ismail

Year published: 2017

The theologian Ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhāb guaranteed the Saudi rulers their religious legitimacy. The sovereigns, in their turn, granted the cleric and his followers a monopoly on Islam’s interpretation. Exported throughout the world thanks to the kingdom’s huge resources, even this controversial, ultra-...

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