About Costanza Musu

Costanza Musu is Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa

Costanza Musu

Why ISIL Both Destroys and Exploits the Middle East’s Antiquities

On May 20, forces of ISIL (the terrorist organization Islamic State in Iraq and in the Levant, also known as IS or ISIS) managed to take control of the Syrian city of Palmyra. The city, which has a population of 50,000, is of importance for its strategic position near gas fields and roads that cross the desert in the center of Syria. But the name also evokes the anc… Read More

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The Arab Democratic Wave and the Middle East Conflict: A Window of Opportunity

In the past nine months popular demonstrations have swept the Middle East and have led to the toppling of authoritarian governments in Tunisia, Egypt, and later Libya. At the same time, other governments in the region have been experiencing intense popular uprisings challenging their rule and asking for political reforms: some are trying to repress thes… Read More

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