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‘Breaking-up’ is hard to do

Posted by on October 2, 2013

It was not a particularly original idea but Robin Wright, the author of several popular books on the Middle East, imagined a remapped region in a recent New York Times essay that, inter alia, saw a break-up of several countries and the rise of 14 new political entities.

The sketch was not novel because Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya, an independent Canadian writer associated with the Centre for Research on Globalisation, drafted a similar epitaph last January. Henry Ridgwell told the Voice of America in August that the civil war in Syria would threaten neighbouring states and redraw the map of the entire area for the first time in a century. Even Dr Azmi Bishara, an Israeli citizen from Nazareth and former Head of the Philosophy Department at Bir Zeit University in Palestine, shocked a University of California (Berkeley) audience back in 2007 — that is before the Arab Spring — when he anticipated “radical changes from a unipolar world to the mode of unilateralism”.

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