Posts Tagged: syria

From Şikayet to Political Discourse and ‘Public Opinion’: Petitioning Practices to the King-Crane Commission

18Feb 14

Yuval Ben-Bassat and Fruma Zachs

Abstract: The King-Crane Commission, named after its two chairs, Henry Churchill King (1858-1934) and Charles R. Crane (1858-1939), was an American investigative commission set up to explore possible political arrangements for the former Ottoman Empire in the aftermath of World War I and the collapse of the Empire. While most research has dealt with the issue of whether the petitions submitted to the King-Crane Commission were a genuine manifestation of ‘public opinion’ or merely manipulations by interested elite parties, this article shifts the focus beyond this debate. Continue reading →

Review of Stephen J. King, The New Authoritarianism in the Middle East and North Africa

25Jul 13

Reviewed by Oğuzhan Göksel Continue reading →

Rebellion, Sectarian Slaughter or Civil War? Reading the Syrian Mêlée

12Jul 13

A review article by José Ciro Martínez

Texts reviewed:

Fouad Ajami, The Syrian Rebellion (Stanford: Hoover Institution Press, 2012).

Samar Yazbek, A Woman in the Crossfire: Diaries of the Syrian Revolution, trans. Max Weiss (London: Haus Publishing, 2012).

Stephen Starr, Revolt in Syria: Eye-Witness to the Uprising (London: C Hurst & Co, 2012).

Bassam Haddad, Business Networks in Syria: The Political Economy of Authoritarian Resilience (Stanford: Standford University Press, 2012). Continue reading →