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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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...

Brace for Impact: The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Brave New World to Come

This Policy Outlook critically examines the systemic causes behind the spread of the virus including the role of the World Health Organisation, the impact...

Lebanon defaults on its Eurobonds – what comes next?

After months of protests and years of dealing with the side effects of the war in Syria, Lebanon teeters on the financial edge.On Saturday,...

Egyptian declaration against Turkish historical dramas fits a regional push

Some Turkish productions are being painted as a soft-power push to enhance the ‘Ottoman narrative’ of the region.The recent declaration in Egypt warning against...

Why Lebanese protesters have turned their anger on the banks

As the country slides closer to economic collapse and people are unable to access their money, questions are being asked about how the currency...

2020: The Year Ahead

The Year Ahead focuses on twelve key events and flashpoints across the globe to watch out for as the year unfolds.2020: The Year Ahead...

How sectarian politics overshadow Lebanon’s anti-establishment protests

As sectarian political networks have been maneuvering to undermine anti-sectarian demonstrations, the country's political elite is likely to remain a dominant force.When mass protests...

Understanding the Dynamics of Lebanon’s Protest Movement

Understanding both the dynamics of the protest movement and the lenses through which politics are viewed in the country represents an important piece of...

Lebanon’s political class still can’t grasp the country’s new reality

The reported agreement to nominate billionaire businessman and former finance minister Mohammad Safadi as the new prime minister will not be accepted by the...

Framing the death of Abu Bakar al Baghdadi, between scholar and outlaw

The Washington Post was roundly ridiculed for the way it presented the death of the Daesh leader. But even reactions from the so-called liberal...

The road to the New Middle East runs through Damascus

Syria is the battleground where the new order for the Middle East will emerge.As the second decade of the 21st century comes to a...

Israel is pushing the Middle East towards a regional war

Recent Israeli strikes in its neighbourhood are a calculated risk, but no matter how controlled, they can quickly spin out of control.Over the last...

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