The Marginalised Socio-Economics of Forced Displacements Since Russia’s intervention in Syria began in 2015 – and, prior to that, the proliferation of Iranian-backed militias around the country beginning in 2013 – the Syrian regime has won a series of military…
Sectarianism, Class, and Disenchantment Halba, the capital of Northern Lebanon’s Akkar Governorate, was fairly quiet on 6 May 2018 (election day). The usually congested streets were less busy, with intermittent sounds coming out from the scattered, mostly unfinished concrete houses.…
More than seven years after the beginning of the popular uprising in Syria, which increasingly turned into an international war, the causes of this eruption are often forgotten. When they are discussed, the vast majority of authors reduce the uprising…
[1]SCPR[2] November 2017 Before the crisis, Syrian institutions were unable to evolve in a way to reflect the aspirations, interests and expectations of the society. This “institutional bottlenecks” had hindered the country’s development record, marginalized large segments of society, and…
Salma Kahale calls on the international left to recognize the Syrian population as an actor with rights and to enter into dialogue with it. Dawlaty want to enable young Syrians to build up the state they want. Dawlaty is a…
The specter of consociationalism is hovering over Syria today. After the Lebanese experience with corporate consociationalism[1], and the Iraqi experience with liberal consociationalism[2], it seems that Syria is next in the region to adopt a consociational arrangement. Consociational democracy has…
In a June 2015 episode of “Mouthi’ al-Arab” (Arab Anchorman), a television competition show for young Arab talents seeking careers in television, one of the contestants interviewed a Lebanese woman about her experience as a victim of domestic abuse.[1] In…
One Week, Two Elections: Comparison of Political Developments and Processes Looking at political developments and processes in Iraq and Lebanon and trying to compare or contrast them is not always an easy task: on the one hand, Iraq – despite…
On the upcoming parliamentary elections in Lebanon and the role of civil society This year’s elections are not only the first to be held in nine years, but are also the first to take place under the new electoral law…
It was just after 12:30 on 11 March 2018 when Muhammad Billo, a resident of the northern Syrian city of Afrin, sent a message to his wife over WhatsApp: “Pack, we are fleeing the city.” Before that day, the 40-year…
Documenting Lebanon’s Informal Bus System as a Tool for Social Change If, as French intellectual Bruno Latour develops in Où Atterir, Comment s’orienter en politique, describing our territories through the inequalities that traverse them is the first step towards social…