Call for Panel and Paper Proposals | CIWAS Annual Conference

Centre for Islamic and West Asian Studies First Annual Conference   Islam, the West, and Radicalism   15 February 2018   Royal Holloway University of London, Egham, Surrey UK   Call for Panel and Paper Proposals The Centre for Islamic and West Asian Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London invites proposals for the 2018 Annual CIWAS Conference on the theme of ‘Islam, the West, and Radicalism’. Recent years have seen new waves of political Read more…

The Unresolved Puzzle of the Invasion of Iraq

By Professor Sandra Halperin, Director of CIWAS — Summary: Halperin discusses the questions answered and the ones posed by Chilcot Report.   The Chilcot Report, which focuses on the activities, views and relations between Tony Blair and George Bush, leaves key puzzles unresolved. Hans Blix, the chief United Nations weapons inspector, argued in lengthy testimony that by the end of February 2003 hundreds of inspections had failed to find any weapons of mass destruction in Read more…

CIWAS and the Dilemma of Mutual ‘Misundercepculations’

By Dr. Mohammadreza Kalantari, Deputy Director of CIWAS — Years ago, perhaps like many others in their early thirties, I experienced a personal transformation. I had been brought up in a conservative family and was among the so called ‘third generation’ of Iran’s Islamic Revolution. During my childhood I had personally witnessed the war with Iraq, Rafsanjani’s constructionism, Khatami’s reformism, and the rise of Ahmadinejad’s Apocalypticism in my country. At the time that I left Read more…