James Snell

James Snell

James Snell is a British writer who has written for numerous international publications.

Review—The Raqqa Diaries: Escape from ‘Islamic State’

Review—The Raqqa Diaries: Escape from ‘Islamic State’

A review of The Raqqa Diaries: Escape from ‘Islamic State‘, by Samer. Interlink Pub Group (1 March 2017) 112 pages. The Syrian war has produced a great deal of writing, but little of real permanence. Most of its derivative works are journalistic accounts and dry geopolitical analyses. It has yet

James Snell
James Snell
A Memoir from Mesopotamia

A Memoir from Mesopotamia

A review of The Unravelling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq by Emma Sky. New York, NY: PublicAffairs (2015), 402 pages. Emma Sky’s memoir of her time in Iraq captivates. Her account, as a British, female, one-time opponent of the Iraq war, deals with how she administered an

James Snell
James Snell
History
History and Memory in Syria

History and Memory in Syria

The Syrian uprising is on the verge of its fifth anniversary. To a great extent it has become the essential conflict of our times. Despite this – or perhaps because of it – the prospect of peace, despite some apparently encouraging signs from the United Nations, remains a chimera. Much – and understandably

James Snell
James Snell
Art and Culture