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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A bitter legacy: Coup d’etats and Western interventionism

The US and its allies have toppled numerous national governments since the Second World War, all while proclaiming the importance of democracy and the...

The ‘Organized Hypocrisy’ of French Foreign Policy: The Military-Media Nexus

Since 2013, France has enhanced its security cooperation with Egypt to unprecedented levels, including the sale of a wide range of military technologies, creating...

TRT World Forum 2018 Book

The TRT World Forum 2018, a two-day summit organised by the TRT World Research Centre, brought together a wide array of distinguished academics, journalists,...

How Turkey Can Help Bring Stability to Syria

If U.S. policymakers are hoping Turkey will become a vassal for U.S. interests in the region, then they will continue to wait in vain.In...

Did the Obama administration work with Russia to prevent Assad’s fall?

The US approach to Syria has also been considered a failure, or a sign of its waning influence in the region, but testimony from...

VOP-ED: Lebanon’s Political System is at the Core of its Malaise

There are no two ways about it, Lebanon is – to use the language of the IR theorists – on the verge of becoming...

Is Western media coverage of Turkey’s election biased?

Turkey leaves its local elections behind, covered by national and global media outlets. But the question remains: does Western media understand local dynamics?As the...

Trump’s Golan decision and the narrative of ‘resistance’ in the Middle East

In a televised speech broadcast on Tuesday, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah declared Trump’s recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights as “a crucial...

The Christchurch attacks and white-nationalist discourse

On Friday, March 15th the world woke up to the news of a terrorist attack in New Zealand, where an Australian man, identifying as...

A reflection on politics post-Arab Spring

The Arab Spring exposed the lack of an intellectual grounding necessary for transforming politics and society. This is a time for reflection.As far as...

Algeria: A Grassroots Movement for Change or Elite Political Gamesmanship?

This brief provides an analysis of the underlying issues and dynamics in Algeria and seeks to answer questions related to the possibility of genuine...

Lebanon’s political system is at the core of its malaise

The economic and political crises facing Lebanon will not be solved until the political structure is overhauled.There are no two ways about it, Lebanon...

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