Michael Arnold

Michael Arnold is a researcher and editor at TRT World Research Centre. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Military and Diplomatic History from the University of Calgary and earned a Master of Arts in Islamic Studies with a dissertation entitled “Overlapping Sacred Spaces: Islam, Pluralism and the Hegemony of ‘Human Rights’”. He is currently a PhD candidate in the Arab and Middle East History programme at the American University of Beirut. His research interests include modern Arab and Middle East political and social history - with a special focus on Lebanon - religious authority in Arab states, and the history of Islamic thought.
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Arab wavering on Palestine serves the interests of both Iran and Netanyahu

Both Iran and its allies, as well as the Israeli right, stand to benefit at the expense of Palestinian suffering.As pressure for a ceasefire...

Israel’s aggression on Palestine hurts the credibility of some Arab states

The failure to leverage newly-forged relations with Israel into meaningful and forceful diplomatic pressure undermines the political credibility of Arab states in the wake...

The Trump phenomenon is a reality liberal Americans should accept

Regardless of the final outcome, American liberals will likely go on burying their heads in the sand, believing that Donald Trump was a mere...

The 2020 American Election: Foreign Policy Between Joe Biden and Donald

This Policy Outlook addresses a selective range of foreign policy issues of interest to both US and international stakeholders and seeks to contextualise them...

Macron’s Pax Mediterranea and colonial doublespeak

Under Macron’s leadership, France has pushed an agenda in the region of what might be best termed as ‘liberal authoritarianism’.In recent months, French President...

In post-explosion Lebanon, Hezbollah has the most to lose

Just as the explosion has permanently altered Beirut’s urban landscape, so has it made clear the monumental shifts in the country’s political dynamics.Surveying the...

The Covid-19 Pandemic: A Global Outlook

This book is an endeavour to search for meaning through an examination of possible implications of the Covid-19 pandemic from a variety of angles...

Who is responsible for the Beirut disaster?

Whatever the immediate cause, the reason for the deadly explosion in Beirut is criminal neglect and a rotten system built and maintained by the...

Remembering Srebrenica – memory and forgetfulness

The events that transpired in Bosnia should raise alarm bells for those who do not ever wish to witness another Srebrenica. The chauvinistic theo-nationalism...

What US protests reveal about ‘American exceptionalism’

Amid a global crisis and a host of unknowns about what lies ahead, the US may wake up to the realisation that it is...

The pandemic brings Lebanon’s challenges to a boiling point

Six months after popular protests erupted across Lebanon, the Covid-19 pandemic is making a meal out of an already fragile situation.Six months ago, Lebanon...

Managing the Pandemic: Turkey’s Multi-Pronged Response to Covid-19

This Policy Outlook examines various facets of Turkey’s response to the pandemic, including: mitigation efforts, economic stimulus and the resiliency of the country’s national...

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