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Islamic Revolutionary Ideology and its Narratives: The Continued Relevance of the Islamic Republic’s Ideology (Olivia Glombitza)

Is the Islamic Republic of Iran’s revolutionary ideology still relevant more than 40 years after the revolution? Is it still relevant in the Islamic Republic’s foreign policy? While the Islamic Republic’s ideology undoubtedly developed alongside its institutions over the course of 40 years, this article argues that its revolutionary ideology continues to remain relevant and in fact important.

Advocating for Palestine in Canada: Histories, Movements, Action (Jeremy Wildeman)

Why is it so difficult to advocate for Palestine in Canada and what can we learn from the movement’s successes? This account of Palestine solidarity activism in Canada grapples with these questions through a wide-ranging exploration of the movement’s different actors, approaches and fields of engagement, along with its connections to different national and transnational struggles against racism, imperialism and colonialism.

The Middle East in Canadian foreign policy and national identity formation (Jeremy Wildeman)

While often overlooked, the Middle East has been a pivotal geographical and discursive space in Canadian foreign policy and national identity formation. With the support of three contemporary case studies—Israel and Palestine, Saudi Arabia, and Iran—this paper explores how Canada’s ties to the Middle East have shaped and continue to shape Canada’s foreign policy, national identity, and place in the world.

Arab diasporic media in Turkey: A story of (trans)national narratives in the Middle East (Mohammed Alrmizan)

The aim of this article is to investigate what seems to be a developing phenomenon of regime-critical Arab diasporic media post-Arab Spring in Turkey. First, the article explores the academic literature covering the concepts of (Arab) diaspora and (Arab) diasporic media. Second, it highlights the development of the Arab diasporic media in Turkey drawn from Syrian, Egyptian, Yemeni and Libyan landscapes. Finally, the article discusses the reasons that made Turkey welcome such a phenomenon.

Prison Periods: Bodily Resistance to Gendered Control (Malaka Shwaikh)

Prisons are places of power and resistance. This article is based on original research material derived from Arabic, English, and Hebrew sources, including interviews with menstruating prisoners from Palestine, Northern Ireland, England, and the United States. I document and translate stories, including those of minors who had their first periods behind bars. I then show how several global prison structures fail to provide minimum support, from offering adequate sanitary products to accessing toilets and showers.

Mapping Non-State Actors in International Relations (Marianna Charountaki & Daniela Irrera)

This edited volume addresses the role of non-state actors (NSAs) in international relations. From their emergence in the early 20th century, entities of non-state status have played a role of increasing prominence in international politics. Scholarly work has been slow to catch up, approaching NSAs mainly through the scope of legitimacy and international law or limiting focus to NGOs, international organizations, and economic corporations.

Anti-Veiling Campaigns in Turkey: State, Society and Gender in the Early Republic (Sevgi Adak)

In this comprehensive analysis of the anti-veiling campaigns in interwar Turkey, Sevgi Adak casts light onto the historical context within which the meanings of veiling and unveiling in Turkey were formed. By shifting the focus from the high politics of the elite to the implementation of state policies, the book situates the anti-veiling campaigns as a space where the Kemalist reforms were negotiated, compromised and resisted by societal actors.

The Unfinished History of the Iran-Iraq War: Faith, Firepower, and Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (Annie Tracy Samuel)

The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), founded after the Iranian Revolution in 1979, is one of the most powerful and prominent but least understood organizations in Iran. In this book, Annie Tracy Samuel presents an innovative and compelling history of this organization and, by using the Iran–Iraq War as a focal point, analyzes the links between war and revolution.

Interview | Yaser Alashqar

In this interview with E-International Relations, Yaser Alashqar discusses the role of external actors in the Israel-Palestine conflict, plus the impact of normalisation deals, international aid and the election of Naftali Bennett on the conflict dynamics. Yaser Alashqar is adjunct assistant professor in the International Peace Studies MPhil programme at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland.

Ferocious and Fragile: Egypt and the Myth of ‘Authoritarian Stability’ (Gennaro Gervasio & Andrea Teti)

After a brief moment during the 2010-11 Arab Uprisings in which the EU and major Western governments admitted that their support for Middle Eastern autocrats had destabilised regional states and the Mediterranean generally, those same governments quickly returned to defending allegiances with new autocrats in the name of Realpolitik and the pursuit of 'national interests'.

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