From the Editors
In one of his recent papers, Steven Heydemann writes that the attempts of forces behind the Syrian uprising and the Syrian National Council (SNC) to define themselves as the pre-eminent nationalist force in the country risk backfiring. This is because they face a regime that has successfully justified its rule by constantly emphasizing its own pan-Arab and nationalist credentials. Effectively, therefore, these self-identifications stir up precisely the old political ...Keep Reading »
Line Khatib teaches political science at the American University of Sharjah, and is a senior research fellow at ICAMES (the Inter-University Consortium for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies), McGill University. She is the author of Islamic Revivalism in Syria: the Rise and Fall of Ba´thist Secularism (2011). Her research interests lie within the fields of Comparative Politics, "Islamism," and Middle Eastern Studies, with a particular focus on Islamic groups as both social and political movements.