Charles Tripp, "The Politics of the Local in Iraq," Le Monde Diplomatique (January 2008). In the latest English edition of Le Monde Diplomatique, Tripp, Professor of Middle East Politics at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), predicts the possibility of a second round of civil war in Iraq, rooted in an evolving political atmosphere of local warlordism, institutional weakness, and emergent military elitism.
Nicholas Schmidle, "Next-Gen Taliban," NYT Magazine (Jan 2008). Schmidle’s relatively new on the war-witness writing scene, and I’m really enjoying his coverage of crisis issues. He’s been fairly prolific, his work appearing in, among others, Slate, Mother Jones, The New Republic, the Washington Post, and the NYT, primarily on Pakistan, but also on Bangladesh, Central Asia, and Iran. A bibliography of his writing can be found on his personal website here.
Princeton’s Gary Jonathan Bass, commenting in "Independent Daze" in the 6 Jan 08 NYT Magazine on secessionist politics and Kosovo’s impending status resolution, notes that "whatever the proper standard for secession might […]
Anna Husarska, a senior policy advisor at the International Rescue Committee, wrote "The Hidden Wounds of Congo’s Wars" in the Dispatches section of Slate, posted on 4 Jan 08. I’m sure I’ve […]
“Kenyans burned to death in church,” BBC World (1 Jan 2008).