Second-generation British Muslims: “radicalisation” contextualised

This article was originally published by the Council for MENA Affairs (ForMENA) on 24.02.15. I argue that the rise of radical Islamism amongst second-generation British Muslims must be understood in parallel to the decline of the strong class identity which characterised the first wave of migrants, and British society as a whole, after World War II.

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From National Liberation to Neoliberalism: the politics of “peace” and aid in Palestine

This piece was originally published by openDemocracy on 12.02.15. After summarising recent charges of authoritarianism and corruption against President Abbas, I argue that this must be understood as a structural issue – specifically, as a logical consequence of the PA’s role in the post-Oslo “peace process” and the politics of neoliberal-driven foreign aid.

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Revolution or Coup? The Houthi play Snakes and Ladders in Yemen

This piece was originally published, with minor differences, by the Council for MENA Affairs (ForMENA) on the 04.02.15. The article contrasts two contradictory currents within the Houthi uprising: an attempted power-grab by elite factions on the one hand and an expression of legitimate popular grievances on the other. I also argue that the latter current risks being overwhelmed by the former’s militarised logic, especially given a corrupt and self-interested domestic political class, a regional context characterised by a Saudi-Iranian “Cold War” and the United States’ objective of establishing a strong central authority as a partner in its “War on Terror”.

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