• Thousands gather in the Zocalo under the banner of “We are all Ayotzinapa.” They listen to parents of the missing 43 plead to boycott upcoming local elections in Guerrero and call for the resignation of embattled President Enrique Peña Nieto. Tomas Ayuso 2015 - Noria Research ©

    El México Guerrero: Ayotzinapa’s Defiant Struggle for Justice

    27 janvier 2015

    Tomas AYUSO   On the night of September 26th, 2014, in the western Mexican state of Guerrero, 43 students of the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers’ College of Ayotzinapa were intercepted and shot by the municipal police of Iguala. The survivors were later abducted by a local criminal group known as Guerreros Unidos at the [...]

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    The Peshmergas and the Future of the State

    21 janvier 2015

    Anne HAGOOD Save as PDF Informal systems rather than formal rules and legal institutions, dominate the security and commercial sectors in Kurdistan and shape governance and the ways in which power-holders and social groups perceive their interests in the region. In doing so they shape the political and administrative system based on personal and group [...]

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    The Sunni Revolution and the Outburst of Community Divisions in Iraq

    18 décembre 2014

    Arthur QUESNAY Pour lire cet article en français, cliquez ici Save as PDF     This analysis is based on fieldwork conducted in Northern Iraq ovef the course of Fall 2014, with the support of the WAFAW program of the European Research Council.   Beyond the Islamic State’s (IS) territorial conquests, the real turning point [...]

  • The neighborhood of Kayaşehir under construction, photographed by Nicolas Brodard in 2011. (Copyright © 2014 Nicolas Brodard - Noria Research. All rights reserved)

    (Un)-building the Metropolis: Istanbul at the Age of “Urban Transformation”

    4 décembre 2014

    Text by Sinan LOGIE and Yoann MORVAN   Photos by Nicolas BRODARD and Salih MÜLAYIM   The two contributions presented here shed light on the ongoing urban mutation of the Bosphorus megalopolis. They present two facets of the so-called “urban transformation” policy (“kentsel dönüşüm” in Turkish) at work in Istanbul. The policy is of considerable significance and has [...]


Arvind Kejriwal, Président de l'AAP (Pradeer Gaup – Live Mint ©)

The Extraordinary Challenges of the ‘Ordinary Man Party’: Looking back at the 2014 Indian Elections

Stéphanie TAWA LAMA-REWAL Pour lire cet article en français, cliquez ici Save as PDF   The results of the Indian national elections[1], announced on May 16th of this year, were qualified as “historical” by many commentators. The victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP, the Indian People’s Party) is without doubt historical, as under the [...]


Sectarian Strategies, National Settings and the War Economy in Syria and Iraq

Adam BACZKO, Robin BEAUMONT, Arthur QUESNAY Maps by Xavier HOUDOY Save as PDF These maps were designed by Xavier Houdoy for Noria, with the support of the European Research Council-funded program WAFAW. They were based on data gathered by Adam Baczko, Robin Beaumont, Felix Legrand and Arthur Quesnay in Syria and Iraq during field trips [...]

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Understanding in Order to Address: For a State Strategy in Michoacan

Romain Le Cour Grandmaison   This report was prepared by the Noria Office for Mexico and Central America, for the Mexico-based Think Tank México Evalua. A full original version, in Spanish, was released on June 2nd, 2014, and is available here. We would like to thank México Evalua for the support, as well as our collaborators [...]

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"I bounced around detention centers for a few years, until I received my residency just a month ago. Had I been deported I wouldn't have had anyone to go back to." I caught up with Saul just as he was moving from the tri-state area to New Orleans with hopes of working in the oil industry. (Copyright © 2014 Tomas Ayuso - Noria Research. All rights reserved)

The Right to Grow Old: Diaspora, Return and Turn Around

Tomas AYUSO   Chapter IV – I Had no Choice: the Diaspora & Chapter V – To Return and Turn Around    For previous chapters, please click here   « Honduran migrants who make it across the countless perils on the migrate route gravitate towards areas where they know someone from the old country who can help [...]

Isaac looks towards Mexico at one of the many blind crossings into the US through the Rio Grande. "This section right here is pretty deep and pretty wide. They get in boats, inflatable rafts. Really anything. They'll tie anything together they can get together that floats." (Copyright © 2014 Tomas Ayuso - Noria Research. All rights reserved)

The Right to Grow Old: Not My America – The Border

Tomas AYUSO   Chapter III – Not my America: The Border   For chapter 2, please click here   « I accompanied one of the many border militias of the Rio Grande Valley on one of their nightly patrols on the lookout for ’illegals.’ The following is just one of the countless armed groups -both licit and illicit- [...]