Fault Lines welcomes Jennifer Cafarella, NSI Visiting Fellow and National Security Fellow at the Institute for the Study of War.
Omphalos: Middle East Conflict in Perspective
Omphalos takes an interdisciplinary look at the contemporary Middle East, and is published jointly with two key partners: Academic Exchange, an educational non-profit that seeks to deepen understanding of Israel in the international academic community, and the Brookings Center for Middle East Policy and its blog, Markaz. Turmoil in today's Middle East today implicates a wide array of legal questions, bears huge costs for civilian populations, and poses diverse challenges to policymakers, activists, lawyers, and reformers. For the issues that Lawfare treats, the Middle East is a kind of omphalos.
Worries about foreign Islamic fighters tend to center on European citizens. But fighters from Southeast Asia also pose a significant problem.
A proposal to try foreign fighters in Syrian Democratic Forces courts has been abandoned indefinitely. What now?
A review of Kim Ghattas, “Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran and the Forty-Year Rivalry That Unraveled Culture, Religion, and Collective Memory in the Middle East” (Henry Holt & Co., 2020)
Join Benjamin Wittes and Aluf Benn, Editor in Chief of Haaretz, on Apr. 6 at 12 p.m ET for a webinar on the Israeli political transition and COVID-19 response.
More than 10,000 European women and children affiliated with Islamic State fighters remain in local custody in northeastern Syria. So far, European governments have been reluctant to take large-scale action.
A recent decision by the Israeli Supreme Court highlights the complex challenges inherent in the protection of democratic norms in a situation of ongoing conflict.