Goos Hofstee

Goos Hofstee studied History (BA), International Relations (MA), and Middle East Politics (Msc). Born in The Netherlands, Goos has worked as an analyst and journalist from Cairo and London. Hofstee's work focuses on political, religious and social issues in the Middle East. Her research interests range from Islamist movements and transnational jihadist organizations to Arabic art and cinema.
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Divide and Unite: Machiavelli and the Fight Against IS

A divide and conquer strategy in Iraq will only work if it is followed by a comprehensive post-combat blueprint.  “Divide and Conquer,” the classic principle of strategic warfare, has been propagated by many a famous military strategist. Niccolo Machiavelli, for example, in his Dell’arte della Guerra (Book 6 of The Art of War), said : “A Captain should endeavor with every art to... Continue Reading

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ISIS and Al-Qaeda: The Battle Over Jihadi Hearts and Minds

The competition between al-Qaeda and IS could pose a threat as well as an opportunity to the West. Over the past six months, the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) — now known as the Islamic State group (IS) — and its sudden capture of large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria has dominated the front pages of about every major newspaper in the world. The language... Continue Reading

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Egypt’s Black Bloc: The Arrival of Anarchism in the Middle East?

The Egyptian Black Bloc is not the first example of anarchism in Egypt. When in January 2013, Egyptian protesters commemorated the two-year anniversary of Hosni Mubarak's ouster, a mysterious group emerged in Cairo. Protesting against the Morsi regime, the newly-formed anarchist “Black Bloc” openly declared they would not eschew violence to realize their goals. Using... Continue Reading

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