2/26/2018, Miranda Sita

Pipe Dreams: Investigative Reporter Erin Banco

Pipe Dreams: Investigative Reporter Erin Banco

CGR Director Nicholas Lemann sits down with investigative reporter Erin Banco, author of the new book Pipe Dreams: The Plundering of Iraq’s Oil Wealth. When the United States invaded in 2003, the Bush Administration promised that oil revenue would be used to win the war and to rebuild and democratize the country. But fifteen years… more

6/10/2016, Brookings Instition

Ottoman Empire Was a 'Mosaic of Pluralism'

Ottoman Empire Was a 'Mosaic of Pluralism'

The Brookings Doha Center hosted an event on May 23, 2016, which examined religious pluralism in the Middle East. Nicolas Pelham, a correspondent on Middle East Affairs for the Economist magazine, discussed his recent book, Holy Lands: Reviving Religious Pluralism in the Middle East. He was joined by Abdelwahab el-Affendi, head of the politics and… more

6/2/2016, Frontline Club

LISTEN: Frontline Club Discusses 'Holy Lands'

LISTEN: Frontline Club Discusses 'Holy Lands'

Sectarian divides—and their manipulation by those in power—are increasingly fueling conflict across the diverse countries of the Middle East, spilling over borders and contributing to ongoing violence in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and elsewhere. Yet in the nineteenth century the region was considerably more tolerant than Western Europe at the time; a high degree of religious… more

4/26/2016, Nicolas Pelham

ISIS and Iraq's Shia Revival

ISIS and Iraq's Shia Revival

“We’re ridding the world of polytheism, and spreading monotheism across the planet,” an ISIS preacher recently said in a video recording. Behind him one could see the ISIS faithful using sledgehammers, bulldozers, and explosives to destroy the eighth-century-BC citadel of the Assyrian king Sargon II at Khorsabad, ten miles northwest of Mosul in northern Iraq, and the colossal statues of… more

4/21/2016, Nicolas Pelham

Back to Pluralism in the Middle East

Back to Pluralism in the Middle East

President Obama is visiting Saudia Arabia today. Nicolas Pelham, The Economist's Middle East affairs correspondent who has covered the Arab region for New York Review of Books, BBC, Financial Times, and the author of Holy Lands: Reviving Pluralism in the Middle East, talks about the destruction unleashed in the Middle East by European nationalism and need to… more

4/14/2016, Nicolas Pelham

Holy Lands: Is This a Way to Bring Hope to the Middle East?

Holy Lands: Is This a Way to Bring Hope to the Middle East?

With ISIS dug in, the Israel-Palestine peace process in worse shape than ever, and the advances of the Arab Spring largely rolled back in almost every country in the region, it is hard to have hope for the Middle East. But in Holy Lands: Reviving Pluralism in the Middle East, Nicolas Pelham, Middle East correspondent for The Economist, presents an original… more

3/22/2016, Nicolas Pelham

News From the Middle East Is Not All Bad—What Can Go Right

News From the Middle East Is Not All Bad—What Can Go Right

In Holy Lands, longtime Middle East journalist Nicolas Pelham presents a strikingly original and startlingly optimistic look at the region. Sure, there's plenty of bad news and cruelty to report on, but Pelham also tells the story of those who are embracing diversity and trying to live side by side with all types of people, in the… more

1/22/2016, Atossa Araxia Abrahamian

America’s Latest, Bizarre 'Visa Diplomacy'

America’s Latest, Bizarre 'Visa Diplomacy'

This week, Rana Rahimpour, a journalist for the BBC who has dual British and Iranian citizenship, was informed that she and her young daughter did not have the appropriate paperwork to fly to the U.S. The pair was prevented from boarding their flight, and Rahimpour’s daughter missed her cousin’s surprise birthday party. Iranians all over… more

10/20/2015, Jimmy So

Why Iraq's Shiite Militias Won't Bother to Defeat ISIS

Why Iraq's Shiite Militias Won't Bother to Defeat ISIS

Much has been written about ISIS, and much has been made about the group's bloodlust. The self-proclaimed Islamic State has a fondness for public massacres and beheadings, raped thousands of Yazidi women, looted museums, and destroyed historic sites. ISIS's celebrations of depravity, and the force and speed with which it has taken to its violence,… more