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
6 min read
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
3 min read
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
4 min read
Art and Culture