Links 22-24 August 2011

The first link in this week's links, about Kurds at a Syrian opposition advocating dropping the "Arab" from "Syrian Arab Republic" is interesting because it echoes some of the debate about the Libyan TNC's transitional constitution, which does not say that post-Qadhafi Libya is Arab. That's a first for Arab states, most of which either gained independence or were created in the age of Arab nationalism. We can expect these debates to have wider ramifications in the Arab world and provoke some debate, notably from Arab nationalists and some Islamists who see Arab identity as core to their worldview.