Book Launch: Break all the Borders: Separatism and the Reshaping of the Middle East | Wilson Center
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Book Launch: Break all the Borders: Separatism and the Reshaping of the Middle East

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The civil wars wracking the Arab world underscore the continued misalignment between national identity and political borders in much of the region. In his new book Break all the Borders: Separatism and the Reshaping of the Middle East (Oxford, 2019), Wilson fellow Ariel I. Ahram examines the separatist movements that aimed to remake those borders and create new independent states. With detailed studies of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the federalists in eastern Libya, the southern resistance in Yemen, and Kurdish nationalist parties, Ahram explains how separatists captured territory and governed populations.  Ahram shows how separatists drew inspiration from the legacy of Woodrow Wilson and ideals of self-determination. They sought to reinstate political autonomy that had been lost during the early and mid-twentieth century. Separatist promised a more just and stable world order and often served as the international community’s allies against radical Islamic groups. Yet their hopes for international recognition have gone unfulfilled.  Separatists are now poised as spoilers as the international community struggles to resolve conflicts in Libya, Yemen, Syria, and Iraq.  Integrating, instead of eliminating, separatist movements is critical for rebuilding regional order.

 

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Speakers

Moderator

Speakers

  • Ariel I. Ahram

    Fellow
    Associate Professor, Virginia Tech School of Public and International Affairs
  • David Ottaway

    David Ottaway

    Middle East Fellow
    Middle East Specialist and Former Washington Post Correspondent