published in Catalyst
In this piece, Gopal gives an extremely detailed account of the development of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and why the "Arab Spring" of 2011 ultimately failed. He argues that the movements did not have the "structural leverage" to force real change.
173 days ago
published in The New Yorker
Since the ancient Romans, we have considered there to be a set of morals surrounding warfare. What we consider to be moral or justified might change from civilization to civilization, but we have, more or less, always thought there to be some set of rules under which we wage war. Anand Gopal looks at the Syrian War and Neil Renic's new book, "Asymmetric Killing: Risk Avoidance, Just War, and the Warrior Ethos" (Oxford) to understand what we now see as ethical in conflicts now decided by remote bombing and targeted interventions.
207 days ago