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Reinoud Leenders


New Texts Out Now: Reinoud Leenders, Spoils of Truce: Corruption and State-Building in Postwar Lebanon

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Reinoud Leenders, Spoils of Truce: Corruption and State-Building in Postwar Lebanon. Cornell: Cornell University Press, 2012. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Reinoud Leenders (RL): Since my first encounter with Lebanese politics and society in the mid-1990s, I have been fascinated with the nature and role of the state in this country. This was primarily because I became exposed to a lively array of contradictory narratives on the state when talking to ...

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Syrian Petition for Political Change: A Dramatic Missed Opportunity

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Given the atrocities currently committed in Syria and the spectacularly bad press this generates for the regime, one would think that issuing an effective petition calling for political change in this country would be an easy task. All such a petition needs to do is to jump on the bandwagon of rapidly mounting protests and express the deeply felt anger across large sections of the Syrian population. In addition, any serious public appeal would demonstrate that there is a ...

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Regional "Contagion" in the Arab World: For "Good" or "Worse?"

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Although predicted by few, the current upheavals in several Arab countries reinvigorate commonplace perceptions of the countries and peoples in the Arab world and the Middle East at large as constituting a densely intertwined, interconnected and bounded region. When Tunisian protestors expelled their dictator, parallels were quickly drawn with Mubarak’s rule in Egypt, prompting mass mobilization there and causing a similar exit of this country’s long-standing ruler. In their ...

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Reinoud Leenders


Reinoud Leenders is Reader in International Politics and Middle East Studies in the War Studies Department at King’s College London. His work deals with the political economy of corruption, authoritarian governance, refugee issues, and conflict in the Middle East. He is the author of Spoils of Truce: Corruption and State-Building in Postwar Lebanon (Cornell UP, 2012) and the co-editor (with Steven Heydemann) of Middle East Authoritarianism: Governance, Contestation, and Regime Resilience in Syria and Iran (Stanford UP, 2013). His recent articles on the Syrian crisis can be found in Mobilization, Mediterranean Politics, Arab Studies Quarterly, Current Historyand in Joel Beinin and Frédéric Vairel (editors), Social Movements, Mobilization, and Contestation in the Middle East and North Africa (Stanford UP, 2013); Vicky Randall and Lise Rakner (editors), Politics in the Developing World (Oxford UP, 2014); Marc Lynch (editor), The Arab Uprisings Explained (Columbia UP, 2014); and Michael Kerr and Craig Larkin (editors), The ‘Alawis of Syria—War, Faith and Politics in the Levant (Hurst Publishers, 2014).