Kanan Makiya is Senior Fellow and Professor Emeritus of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at Brandeis University. His books include Republic of Fear: The Politics of Modern Iraq (1989) and Cruelty and Silence: War, Tyranny, Uprising, and the Arab World (1993). In 2003, he founded the Iraq Memory Foundation, a NGO based in Baghdad and the US that is dedicated to issues of remembrance, violence, and identity formation.
Our Voice of the Week is Likud LGBT Caucus Charman Evan Cohen. On i24 News, he analyses whether right wing parties in Israel will heed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s call, and unite ahead of April’s elections in order to avoid some of those parties dropping below the electoral threshold, ensuring the victory of the center-left bloc.