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Making It Work From the River to the Sea

A State Undivided

Negotiations and wars have demonstrably failed to bring any resolution to Israel and Palestine. But while history is littered with failed partitions, there is another way. The challenge is to decouple peace from land, and recognize that security depends not on territory but on equal treatment.

A New Holiday Heralds a More Complex Understanding of Saudi Arabia’s Origins

Recasting Saudi’s Origin Myth

The kingdom’s new Foundation Day plays down the false idea that the Saudi state legitimized itself through Wahhabism, with political authority divided between the ruling Al Saud dynasty and the religious establishment, and helps to reveal how it gained its legitimacy via a hybrid normative tradition that included Arabist and Salafist elements.

The Mass Psychology of Trumpism

The Mass Psychology of Trumpism

In the eyes of his supporters, Trump possesses extraordinary powers that are wielded for good and against evil. Who cares if he is flawed? So what if he lacks certain distinctively human qualities? What does it matter that he is rude, authoritarian or even a criminal?

The Erasure of Palestinian Society

The Erasure of Palestinian Society

Israeli leaders, and Western discourse at large, have long reduced the Palestinian national struggle to particular leaders or factions. Palestinian people, according to this perspective, are little more than puppets manipulated by those leaders, human shields behind which they hide or collateral damage of Israel’s military campaigns.

Syria’s Kurdish Northeast Ratifies a New Constitution

Syria’s Kurdish Northeast Ratifies a New Constitution

Amid the raging chaos in the region, a potentially significant yet little-noticed development unfolded in northeastern Syria in mid-December. The General Council of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES) formally ratified its constitution, intriguingly dubbed the Social Contract. The term, reminiscent of Rousseau's musings on a liberal society, bore an ironic twist as the AANES eschews liberal politics.

The Normalization of Italy’s Giorgia Meloni

The Normalization of Italy’s Giorgia Meloni

If Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni’s New Year’s resolution in January 2023 was to gain international acceptance, then she has succeeded. Love her or loathe her, the perception of her as an unreliable firebrand with neo-fascist sympathies has changed. But her authoritarian style of governance remains a danger.

The Enchantment of African Soccer

The Enchantment of African Soccer

Witchcraft has been a constant theme in African soccer over the years. As the Africa Cup of Nations tournament kicks off in Ivory Coast, magic practices will likely still be present, if more discreet and less visible, shaping how players and teams perceive the game.