Brent Hamoud

November 20, 2019

The State of Nation-Statehood: reflections for an Independence Day

by Brent Hamoud Tomorrow is November 22, Lebanese Independence Day, and it is bound to be another interesting day. Then again, every day of independence is interesting to me. Most of the world observes this modern phenomenon,[i] and surveying the list of when and from whom independence days were achieved […]
February 28, 2019

It is Time to Talk about the Persecution of Muslims

By Brent Hamoud The global elevation of human rights and individual liberties may be a historical trend but religious persecution remains an immense challenge in our times. Millions are suffering threats to their lives and wellbeing simply because they desire to embrace a particular religious identity and exercise faith convictions. […]
December 13, 2018

Death in the Shadows of Displacement: forced migration, deathliness, and the hope for life

By Brent Hamoud How do we share a world with over 68 million victims of displacement?  This is a defining question of the 21st century as unprecedented numbers of individuals have been uprooted from their homes and thrust into precarious existences on the fringes of our global systems.  The phenomenon […]
May 17, 2018

The Faces of Displacement: A Story Much Closer than We Realize وجوه النازحين: قصة أقرب ممّا يمكن أن نتخيّل

By Brent Hamoud We tend to put faces on unfortunate things.  It is not a good practice but we do it anyways. Famine has African faces, terrorism Muslim faces, the drug trade Latino faces, and on it goes. So it is with human displacement where the faces of Syrians, Palestinians […]
November 30, 2017

The Sufferari: Rethinking Humanitarian Tourism السفاري إلى أرض المعاناة: إعادة النظر في السياحة الإنسانية

By Brent Hamoud Landscapes throughout the MENA region have been transformed by unfolding crises of forced migration. This is especially the case in Lebanon. An estimated 1.5 million Syrian refugees reside within its borders adding layers of dimension to long-existing populations of displacement.[i] Many Syrian refugees reside in informal tented settlements. […]
April 13, 2017

Statelessness: Banned from Belonging

By Brent Hamoud Much has been made of US President Trump’s executive decisions temporarily banning select nationals and refugees from entering the USA. The order has been met with opposition in forums ranging from airport terminals to federal courts, which have so far blocked the executive decision from going into […]