The mistake we did not make again

The White House quickly pointed towards president Assad as perpetrator, the first reasons being the indication that the gas supposedly had been fired from presidential-controlled parts of Damascus, and launched into a rebel-held part of Damascus. According to Susan Rice, national security advisor of president Obama, the ‘technical evidence’ was significant: a high quality gas […]

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Paradox in Egyptian power relations

In 2011, after a very long time, free democratic elections were held in Egypt.1 Since 1956, the country had known a long period of presidential and/or military autocracy under Nasser, Sadat, and Mubarak. Each of these three men filled a high position in the Egyptian army beforehand; it was military power on which the presidents […]

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Beyond Jihad

Nearly three years of fighting have passed, accompanied with three years of speculation on whether the origin of the war in Syria has a sectarian basis. Now, the conflict indeed seems to incline towards an all out war between different Islamic creeds. By now it seems a realistic option that the Assad regime is preserving […]

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