Morozov, the Internet and Syria’s regime

I started reading Evgeny Morozov’s book “The Net Delusion” (though my version has an ugly cat on the front cover) yesterday. The first chapter starts off with Iran ‘Twitter Revolution’ in 2009, where Morozov criticises this notion on the grounds that in fact in Iran 1. Ahmadinejad got elected, rendering all the positive news about…

Public opinion in Iran — not all the same

Mohammed El-Nawawy and Sahar Khamis wrote an article, analysing the role of social media in the successful revolution in Egypt and the unsuccessful protests in Iran — unsuccessful in terms of failing to prevent the re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, instead of Hossein Mousavi. Egypt had in its recent history a number of attacks on the government of Hosni Mubarak, and other…

Alireza Nader: Iran’s Elections to End All Elections

Alireza Nader sees the next Presidential elections in Iran in June 2013 to go either of two ways. A further consolidation of power of the Supreme Leader, through effectively preventing the Guardian Council of accepting any candidate which would be tempted to ride his own track. The next President should be very loyal and consult with…

My book on Turkey’s Foreign Policy

My book on Turkey’s foreign policy Is Turkey a Bridge or a Threat? Turkey’s Relations with Iran and Relevant Perceptions of Turkey’s changing Foreign Policy Particularly the last decade has seen Turkey becoming a prominent international actor in the Middle East. It likes to see itself as a conflict-manager and speaks of a zero problem toward…