Monthly Archives: December 2010

My 1998 Princeton NES Statement

Below is a supplement to the application statement I made in 1998 while applying to Princeton University’s Near Eastern Studies Ph.D program.  At the time, Chicago was pretty much giving me the boot (long story), and I was searching for … Continue reading

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UN Lifts Sanctions on Iraq — 15+ Years Late

According to BBC, today the UN Security Council lifted most sanctions on Iraq. To understand why most Iraqis would greet this announcement with a mixture of repressed anger, resignation, and cynicism, one needs to review the history of UN sanctions … Continue reading

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The Consequence of “NGO Multipliers”

Rod Nordland’s article “Killings of Afghan Aid Workers Stirs a Debate” is a solid summary of a longstanding debate about the relationship between humanitarian NGOs and military actors in combat zones.  I have personal recollection of this debate raging within … Continue reading

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Drones and Blowback

The article linked here features an interview with a Pakistani who recently lost his brother-in-law to a drone attack in North Waziristan.  According to the interviewee, his relative died while participating in an evening congregational prayer.  As a result of … Continue reading

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Truthtalkziraq becomes 3 Sufis 3

Dear Reader (Of One, Me, At the Moment): Welcome back, sort of.  I once had a blog called Truthtalkziraq, which I started with Paulette over at Loyola in the heady days of 2003-04, in the wake of the U.S. invasion … Continue reading

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Nabil Al-Tikriti

Nabil Al-TikritiNabil Al-Tikriti, associate professor of history, made presentations entitled “Shifting Borders and State Prerogatives: Iraqi Provincial Border Changes from the Ottoman Era to Today” at the July WOCMES conference in Barcelona, “Messiah Lovers, Sola Scriptura, and the Early Evolution of both an Ottoman Islam and Protestantism” at the October WHA conference in Istanbul, and “Iraqi […] Continue reading

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