The entirety of our new issue features a dossier on transformative occupations in the Middle East, in historical and contemporary perspective. What have made interventions in the region more or less transformative, and with what effects? Authors survey the topic in diverse national settings, and from political and legal perspectives.
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This post appears in conjunction with a dossier on transformative occupations in Humanity issue 8.2 There are two schools of thought on transformative occupations. Adam Scheffer narrowly contrasts it with the international humanitarian law (IHL) concept of belligerent occupation, whose main hallmark is its temporary character. Nehal Bhuta offers a broad historical version, running the gamut from the occupatio bellica of the post-Napoleonic settlement to transformative humanitarian interventions both in the post-WWII and the post-Cold War era, and more recently in Iraq. The 20th century Continue reading →