Teacher, learner, troublemaker. Assistant Professor of Political Science & International Studies, Dickinson College, PA, USA. Specialist in the Middle East including Turkey. Former British diplomat. Member of the NITLE Advisory Board.

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  • Putin is filling a vacuum in Syria, but what is Moscow’s endgame? | The National about 1 hour ago
  • Syrian rebels call for unity against Russia-Iran 'occupation' | Middle East Eye about 9 hours ago
  • When War Comes Close to Home - The New York Times about 11 hours ago
  • Lebanon reaps weapons windfall from Congress - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East about 21 hours ago
    • Congress over the past year has approved more than $1 billion in proposed arms sales for the Lebanese armed forces, including attack aircraft and helicopters. And lawmakers on Sept. 29 cemented Beirut's status as a key ally with the release of a compromise annual defense bill that puts Lebanon on equal footing with longtime partner Jordan
    • aircraft sales would provide the Lebanese armed forces with close air support seen as crucial for strikes against IS militants along the border. Saudi Arabia is helping foot the bill through a $1 billion grant to Lebanon.
  • Obama’s U.N. speech was very different from everyone else’s - The Washington Post about 21 hours ago
  • Okay, so what if Iran does get nuclear weapons? - The Washington Post about 22 hours ago
    • Optimists argue that nuclear weapons are not much use for anything other than deterring nuclear attack. Nuclear weapons, therefore, would not enable Iran to do much in international politics that it cannot already do. Pessimists argue that nuclear weapons are powerful tools of international statecraft. According to this view, acquiring nuclear weapons would enable Iran to engage in a range of behaviors that are currently too dangerous for Iran to undertake.
    • In a new article published in International Security and in a separate working paper, I found that nuclear weapons can facilitate a range of foreign policy behaviors that might concern U.S. policymakers to different degrees. Not all of these behaviors, however, are as common as the pessimists might believe.
  • Iraq and Syria opinion poll - the world's most dangerous survey? - BBC News about 23 hours ago
    • how do you set about conducting field research in an IS-controlled area?

      "In the IS-controlled areas of Raqqa for each survey we visit the head of the town and ask him for permission to randomly interview people," Mr Heald says.

      "His response is 'so long as you are not an international media station and pull out video cameras, I don't mind you doing this'."

      "Why is this his reaction? Because, as the data verifies, many of those living in Raqqa now are happier since IS took over.

      "They welcome the security, they see IS trying to help the people with electricity, with food, with petrol. In many respects it is a story they are keen to tell."

    • "the majority in both countries are opposed to IS but that they also think that IS is a product of foreign countries… which to you and I may seem like some crazy conspiracy theory but to them it is a common perception.

      "Widespread opposition to the coalition bombing, should also make policymakers reconsider their strategy. I think the official British government line is that coalition air strikes are 'degrading' IS.

      "But while we can accept that it may be slowing them down," he says, "there is little evidence to suggest they are losing the war. People aren't leaving Raqqa now because of IS - they are leaving because of the coalition air strikes."

    • IS have an incredibly well-oiled strategic communication operation. Politicians and military leaders need to track public opinion to see where hearts and minds are and how they are shifting
  • Yemen pays price for Saudis' sectarian paranoia | Middle East Eye about 23 hours ago
    • The success of the Houthi insurgency from the north that swept the Yemeni leadership from power, taking over the capital Sanaa, was perversely treated by the Security Council as a military coup justifying the intervention by a Saudi-led coalition. Strange to recall that the 2013 undisguised military coup in Egypt, with much bloodier reprisals against the displaced elected rulers, aroused not a murmur of protest in the halls of the UN. So goes geopolitics in the Middle East.
    • the geopolitical tendency to reduce an incredibly complex national history and interplay of contending forces to a simplistic story of Sunni versus Shia rivalry for the control of the country
    • allows Saudi Arabia to portray the strife in Yemen as another theatre of the wider region proxy war pitting Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies against Iran, which is a guaranteed way of securing US and Israeli backing

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  • The State of Reporting on the Middle East: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Chris Toensing about 23 hours ago
  • ANALYSIS: Life after Toufik | Middle East Eye about 24 hours ago
    • Members of the general public know little about the new head of the Algerian Department of Intelligence and Security (DRS), aside from his terrible nicknames including "the Butcher" or "the Bomber" and his reputation as a “hothead”.
    • "However, he earned his reputation when he managed the notorious Centre Principal Militaire D’investigation – the leading centre of military investigation - (CPMI) in the 1990s," continued the DRS officer. "This organisation handled investigations into military affairs. His role in the fight against armed Islamists was assigned to him afterwards. Tartag was a source of terror for both the Islamists and for corrupt army staff."
    • "He was the one who managed the military intervention which the international media described as the ‘Algerian-style attack’ after several foreign hostages were killed," remembers one of his staff amusingly. "For his part, Ahmed Gaid-Salah, the head of the [army's] General Staff, wanted to drag out the negotiations. But Tartag refused and launched the attack. The DRS and General Staff were really waging war against each other."

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    Resources about Sidibouzid and current Tunisian riots from all countries.<br />Hashtag twitter to show : #sidibouzid or #jasminrevolt #arabspringArticles about current arabic revolutions : Algeria, Egypt (#jan25), Jordan, Libya,...

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    Diigo group for participants in CCK08 and/or CCK09 (and any future iterations of the Siemens/Downes open courses on Connectivism and Connective Knowledge).

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