Civil War in Iraq, Part Deux

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.

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In With the Old, Out With the New

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.

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