sectarianism is a symptom of the problem, not the underlying problem itself. Many of the region’s conflicts are more about ethnic identity and nationalism, but Arab dictators use sectarianism to bolster their positions.
Tenth chapter of new Arab Digest / Global Policy Journal e-book considers the breakdown of the old order in the region, takes a bold look at the future and concludes with some advice for western policymakers.
Displaced citizens are returning to eastern Mosul, following its recapture from IS. There are other signs of normality to be seen, too. But it will be a long time before eastern Mosul is fully back to normal. And the operation to re-capture the western part of the city has only just begun.