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EU neighborhood | Libya | North Africa | Radicalisation | Uncategorised | War

The new war in Libya: Europe cannot afford to be caught sleeping/ V.Collombier

By on 16th April 2019

Author: Virginie Collombier Did Khalifa Haftar genuinely believe that he would easily take control of Tripoli, and that he and his troops would be welcomed as liberators of the city? Did political leaders in Europe and the Middle East decide to take him at his word, hoping that a quick demonstration of military force would […]

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Egypt | Islam | Muslim Brotherhood | North Africa | Religious transformations | Terrorism

Why the reformist Sheikh of al-Azhar is now labelled conservative/ G.Fahmi

By on 15th April 2019

 Author: Georges Fahmi Many Egyptian intellectuals celebrated the appointment of Ahmed Al-Tayeb as head of al-Azhar in March 2010. With his Sufi background and his career in education as a professor of philosophy who studied in France, Al-Tayeb was presented as a reformist scholar who could lead a renewal process in Egypt’s oldest religious institution. This […]

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Sudan

Just fall, that is all – the latest stage in the Sudanese uprising

By on 10th April 2019

Author: MEDirections Since mid-December demonstrations on the streets of Sudan have been held against the present regime and its poor management of the country’s economic and natural resources. For months the Sudanese have experienced food shortages, increasing inflation and declining access to fuel, and after 30 years of President Omar Hassan al-Bashir’s rule they are […]

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Al Qaeda | Islam | Islamic State | Jihadism | Radicalisation | Religious transformations

After ISIS? Remember before ISIS!/ O.Roy

By on 4th April 2019

Author: Olivier ROY The majority of speculation on the future of ISIS sees it as a central organisation that has been masterminding global jihad. We tend to forget that jihadism and terrorism predate ISIS by 20 years. There are in fact three “theatres of operations” where ISIS has been the dominant factor since 2014, corresponding to […]

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Uncategorised | Welcome

Why a BLOG?

By on 26th September 2018

Welcome to our new channel! The MEDirections blog is a space where our Research Community can have the opportunity to express opinions, give comments on news, events and developments, tell stories and generally share their points of view in a sharp and non-academic format. Whereas the Medirections website http://middleeastdirections.eu/ is the Programme’s official interface, our blog […]

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