In reading the news items listed under “2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar”, the average football fan will no doubt be excited at the prospect of the next “spectacular” and “absolutely incredible” event, which promises to be “a benchmark for future mega events”.
The long-awaited military assault on ISIS in Mosul began on 16 October but a military-led response to violent movements such as ISIS and al-Qaida misses the wider global forces that are triggering their rise.
The former Force Commander of MONUSCO, LtGen Carlos Alberto dos Santos Cruz, talked to Shabka about his past experiences, the increased complexity of conflict today and the effort of the UN in tackling the related challenges ahead.
In haze of the wake of events following a Brexit that actually became real, there are a lot of thoughts floating around. Mostly, there are fears and questions, sure, but there is also a bit of hope out there – at least for some. Let’s have a look.
In a talk about his recent book The Politics of Sectarianism in Postwar Lebanon, Bassel Salloukh introduces the country’s peculiar consociationalism, its sectarian political elite and how failed postwar policies serve the clientelist logic of the systems resilience.
Europe is facing a double challenge from authoritarian and nationalist parties. From the Baltic to the Bosporus, governments have come to power which openly reject key components of liberal democracy and EU integration.
The political fallout between Lebanon’s political groups over withdrawn Saudi funding exposed a dysfunctional state in which citizens suffer from a corrupt political elite and a deteriorating quality of life.