James Denselow

James Denselow is a writer on Middle East politics and security issues.


James writes regularly for The Guardian and has written articles for Middle East International, The Huffington Post The New Statesman, Syria Today, The World Today, The Daily Telegraph and The Yorkshire Post. He has been cited in many international publications including The Boston Globe, Voice of America, The Sunday Telegraph, Reuters and AFP

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James writes book, television and film reviews for International Affairs, Middle East International, The Arab and The Guardian

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Over 100 Dead in Worst Violence in Iraq this Year PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Denselow   
Friday, 07 May 2010 13:57
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 May 2010 15:21
US must show caution on Iraqi air force PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Denselow   
Friday, 30 April 2010 15:21

As the US nears withdrawal, the extent of future Iraqi control over the skies will be crucial for the region's stability

With less than four months to go before the US withdraws combat troops from Iraq, the security capabilities of the Iraqi security forces have been put under increasing scrutiny following a spate of bomb attacks.

The US withdrawal from Iraq is based on the principle that Iraqi forces can take on "the assumption of full security responsibility". Yet in reality the capability of these forces is deeply mixed. The US withdrawal is akin to a game of Jenga, with military support being carefully removed plank by plank while (hopefully) ensuring that the Iraqi government doesn't collapse.

Afghanistan: the PowerPoint solution PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Denselow   
Wednesday, 28 April 2010 08:33

"When we understand that slide, we'll have won the war," General Stanley McChrystal is reported to have said on being shown this PowerPoint slide at a briefing in Kabul last summer. (New York Times / Guardian)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 April 2010 14:40
Book Review: Dreaming of Baghdad PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Denselow   
Monday, 19 April 2010 12:26

Haifa Zangana, New York, The Feminist Press, £13.50 (Originally reviewed for Middle East International) Haifa Zangana’s short but passionately written series of memories are a powerful testimony of the Saddam-era and a reminder of the folly of the Iraq invasion.Zangana could have been a poster-child for reasons for going to war. Half-Kurdish and half-Arabic, her intellect and yearning for an Iraq free from political repression saw her spend years locked up and tortured in Saddam’s prisons. Yet Zangana refuses to conform to the stereotype that to be anti-war was to be pro-Saddam, she is indeed clear that “we did not struggle for decades to replace one torturer with another”.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 April 2010 18:45
Inertia in Iraq PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Denselow   
Thursday, 15 April 2010 13:01

The results of the Iraqi elections at the end of last month deepened a sense of conspiracy and dangerous inertia in the country. Events over the last few weeks, since the results were announced, show that this disillusionment is threatening to reverse the security gains of the previous two years.

Following the election result, multiple bomb attacks have struck Baghdad killing 30 and wounding over 224. While Baghdad has grown used to large scale bombings that target markets, religious sites or pilgrimages, government ministries and security infrastructure, these bombings have targeted the Iranian, Syrian and Egyptian Embassies.

Last Updated on Saturday, 24 April 2010 13:22
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