Is protecting Mosul minorities an excuse for partition? (Beverley Milton-Edwards, Brookings)

As the military battle over ISIL-controlled Mosul and Nineveh has begun, questions over the future of this vital province of Iraq are flowing thick and fast.

Is protecting Mosul minorities an excuse for partition? (Beverley Milton-Edwards, Al Jazeera)

While appearing attractive in the abstract, partition could make matters worse, not better, in fragile states.

Head-hunting for Hamas (Beverley Milton-Edwards, Brookings)

As Hamas approaches the 30th anniversary of its founding, the movement is increasingly preoccupied with upcoming leadership elections. While the issue of who leads Hamas pales in comparison to who will lead the United States after November 8, its portents for Palestinians and beyond matter quite a lot.