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Dominique Hoffman

Hi Benjamin,

I too was interested in the role of the French and other colonizing influences in the region after the Great War in the breakdown of the Ottoman Empire, and subsequently the era of decolonization post-World War II. Most of my undergraduate studies in comparative politics exam the conditions needed for Arab nationalism, and the vacuum for radicalization which was most definitely fostered by grievances inflicted by colonial powers. The cultural and civilizational differences resulted in many arbitrary state lines drawn across Africa and the Near East, as well as conflicts over how to self-govern.