Introduction: Eight Myths of Conflict and Development in the Middle East

Volume 47 Number 3
Published: May 26, 2016
In this introductory article we identify eight myths of conflict and development related to the Middle East region. Some of these myths, which cut across academia, foreign policy and development interventions, are specific to the Middle East; others are ‘global’ myths that regional developments contradict. We do not claim to be the first to identify all these myths; many of our arguments are indebted to a long history of critical scholarship. The articles in this IDS Bulletin all speak to the disconnects, disjunctures and misconceptions highlighted here.


  • Middle East
  • Rights
  • Conflict
From Issue: Vol. 47 No. 3 (2016) | Ruptures and Ripple Effects in the Middle East and Beyond