Nir Boms

Book Review Expat-ing Democracy: Dissidents, Technology, and Democratic Discourse in the Middle East

Book Review Expat-ing Democracy: Dissidents, Technology, and Democratic Discourse in the Middle East by Nir T. Boms (Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2016), 246 pages

Reviewed by Patrycja Sasnal Director, Middle East and North Africa Project, Polish Institute of International Affairs, Warsaw

Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs, 2017

Looking at events around the world, one can not escape the impression that despite the monumental leap forward in communications technology and its availability, politically, we have taken a step into the unknown: the world of post-truth politics where information may no longer hold the central place of importance it once did. Disseminators of “alternative facts” meddling in elections; auto-censorship in private, yet government-friendly media; ideological wars fought via social media—these are phenomena whose political consequences we must face without fully understanding them. Meanwhile, since the 2011 upheavals in the Arab world, counterrevolutionary forces have reconquered most states in the region (but for the bright exception of Tunisia), with terrifying results in war torn Syria, Libya, and Yemen. 

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Jerusalem Studio: “Jordan’s role in Middle Eastern Affairs”

Jordan, a Kingdom that, for the most part, kept itself from the ongoing chaos raging in the Middle East, is a country perceived as a vital component to regional stability. In a bid to persevere amid significant challenges, the Jordanian King Abdullah was the first Middle Eastern leader to meet with President Donald Trump, requesting from the new American leader to receive the proper backing to fight against the threats of terror.

Guests:

Dr. Nir Boms; Research fellow, Moshe Dayan center at Tel Aviv University
Lt. Col. (Res) Dr. Reuven Berko, Columnist, Yisrael Hayom daily

Analyst: Amir Oren

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Jerusalem Studio: “Growing tensions amid Iranian violations”

On the 10th of February, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urged his country’s elite to unite in the face of threats by Washington, since the new US Administration, under President Donald Trump, increasingly demonstrates a new, and tougher range of options to be used against the Islamic Republic, pertaining to Tehran’s ongoing violations.

To discuss the growing tension between the two countries and the implications on the Middle East, I’m join here in the studio by:

Guests:

Dr. Nir Boms, Research Fellow, Moshe Dayan Center – Tel Aviv University
Dr. Ephraim Kam, Senior Researcher – INSS
Analyst: Mr. Amir Oren

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New Blue Review – Interview on Syria and beyond

 

In the first episode of the New Blue Review we talk to Prof Nir Boms of the Dayan Centre at the University of Tel Aviv. We look at the subject of Syria and what is happening with the war there. Topics covered include, Russia, President Donald Trump, Iran, Hezbollah, Jordan and Palestinian. It also looks at new humanitarian aid initiatives coming out of Israel.

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